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Tests of loyalty

I know I’ve written about this before, but it’s still relevant: [About the Qin Dynasty politician Zhao Gao:] Zhao Gao was contemplating treason but was afraid the other officials would not heed his commands, so he decided to test them … Continue reading

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Chances of conflict

When social cues for settling a status dispute are unavailable or ambiguous, the chances of conflict increase. Both parties are more likely to endure long disputes because no clear way exists to settle the matter— Rob Henderson, “A Primal Struggle … Continue reading

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Why talk?

Are we all fools, and is talking a way to learn, to be better? Or are we all fighting for dominance, and talking – shouting – is just another weapon in that fight? I was for many years blind to … Continue reading

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