Do nice engineers finish last?

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Re:It’s a fact of life…(Score:5, Insightful)

by CraftyJack (1031736) on Monday January 19, @05:19PM (#26521255)

You might want to look into some of the game theory behind all this. Basically, nice guys (cooperators) hang together and get a lot more done because they can trust each other. This behavior is vulnerable to exploitation by manipulative assholes (defectors). Nice guys can defend themselves against this by being picky about who they cooperate with, and seeking out others with a reputation as nice guys.

In essence, nice guys win if they ostracize assholes and learn to hold a grudge. If you’re an asshole, you better be really good at it, because you’re going to run out of suckers really quick. It’s nice to know that ethical behavior is actually a sound strategy.

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