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Tom Clark

Nice talk! It was interesting to hear about the research Cory and colleagues have conducted on the liberal/conservative split when it comes to placing blame (the latter are more prone to place it). I’m wondering how the Corleone Principle might explain or accommodate this finding. If conservatives, according to Haidt's moral foundation theory, are more aligned with in-group (loyalty) and hierarchy (authority) than are liberals, this might explain why they are more likely to place blame given the Corleone principle: they are perhaps more concerned than liberals about maintaining their reputation within their tribe and their (non-exploitable) status within a hierarchy. Just a shoot from hip, shot in the dark hypothesis obviously, and it isn't as if liberals are immune to these tendencies. An evolutionary story will of course allow variation in a trait like quickness to blame, and maybe such variation can help explain the liberal/conservative split.

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