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Chimpanzees make choices that protect their self-interest more consistently than do humans.
Researchers used a two-player economic game where each player, either chimp or human, receives something of value and can then share it with the other player.
If what is offered is rejected, then neither player gets anything.
Humans typically offer half of the booty, and typically reject any offer significantly less than half, even though rejecting it means neither player will get anything.
Chimps, though, will offer much less than 50%, but will accept any offer.
What's this mean? Researches think it means that humans will go without to punish another person, or to keep him from getting more than his "fair share."
Chimps don't care about being fair. They simply protect their self-interest, and they are unwilling to lose something simply to punish someone else who is being unfair.
Chimps, like most "lower" animals, live in the Now, and are concerned with their immediate present, unlike humans, who constantly live in the past or the future, worrying excessively about other people, both in their attempts to be fair to them, and to punish those who they perceive as unfair.
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