The surprising moral dimension of fights between rats :: Strong rats have to let their weaker opponent win 30 percent of the time. If they don’t…

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When two rats fight it’s not always the biggest rat that wins. The biggest rat could win pretty much 100 percent of the time, if it wanted to. But that doesn’t happen. If the bigger rat chooses to win all the fights, then there will be no more playing. This fighting is a form of playing.

The bigger rat needs to let the smaller rat win at least 30 percent of the time.

It’s the smaller rat that asks the bigger rat for a fight or a match.

If it doesn’t win at least 3 out of 10 matches, it will stop asking for matches. So the fun is over for both of them.

Isn’t that amazing?

Rats keep score. They are wired for some degree of fairness. We are talking about rats.

If this is true for rats, shouldn’t it be so much more true for human beings?


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