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This might be of interest: Sacred bounds on rational resolution of violent political conflict by Ginges et al (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1863499/) Abstract: "We report a series of experiments carried out with Palestinian and Israeli participants showing that violent opposition to compromise over issues considered sacred is (i) increased by offering material incentives to compromise but (ii) decreased when the adversary makes symbolic compromises over their own sacred values. These results demonstrate some of the unique properties of reasoning and decision-making over sacred values. We show that the use of material incentives to promote the peaceful resolution of political and cultural conflicts may backfire when adversaries treat contested issues as sacred values." This suggests that if you offer material incentives for religious people or gay rights people to compromise all you'll achieve is making them more angry and entrenched in their positions.
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Mar 19, 2012