world of weird things podcast: how absolute power corrupts absolutely

As we’ve been told for decades, the wealthy and powerful are not like the rest of us. Not only do they enjoy things we can only dream of, their very mental wiring is altered.

choking on greed

Contrary to what you may have been told by creationists, humans evolved to cooperate as a species, to help each other survive and build stable communities. We don’t expect things to be equal, but we do want fairness, much like our evolutionary cousins. So what happens when we begin acquiring massive wealth and power? Well, according to science, the empathy that serves as our social glue blunts, as the concentration of wealth and power increases, the beneficiaries of this inequality chasm lose their ability to relate to mere mortals, and the only way to snap them out of it is to remind them that they’re human, just like the rest of us.

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Articles covered or touched on in this episode…

It Only Looks Irrational…
Are We Born With A Sense Of Right And Wrong?
Is It Still The Economy, Stupid?
How The One Percent’s Short-Term Thinking Is Cannibalizing America’s Future
When What’s Profitable Doesn’t Mean What’s Right, And What We’re Wired To Do About It…
This Is Your Brain. This Is Your Brain On Wealth And Power.

Related articles and further reading…

The Great Recession Vs. Game Theory
Why Morality Came Before Religion
Jeff Bezos Publicly Accuses The National Enquirer Of Blackmail And Extortion
If AMI’s Jeff Bezos Shakedown Was Criminal, They Can Kiss Their Non-Prosecution Agreement Goodbye (Law And Crime)

Intro/outro by Absolute Valentine, courtesy of Lazerdiscs Records

Update: Since this recording, it’s been reported that the rabidly pro-Trump brother of Bezos’ mistress leaked the texts and provocative pictures to the National Enquirer, despite earlier claims that it may have been Saudi intelligence services.

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