Saturday, January 01, 2005

How to get to the top - the nice way

“What’s clear to me now is, screw the alpha male stuff,” says Robert Sapolsky, professor of biological sciences at Stanford University, after a lifetime of studying baboons in the wild. “Go for an alternative strategy. Go for the social affiliation, build relationships with females, and don’t waste your time trying to figure out how to be the most adept, socially cagey, male-male competitor. Amazingly enough, that’s not what pays off in that system. It turns out that females have a hell of a lot of control over who they’re mating with and, irrationally enough, they like to mate with guys that are nice to them!” (The Times)

The story also has a quote from Paul Zak - I got into neuro + behavioural economics after hearing him talk at an IHS workshop in 2003. Fascinating stuff.

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