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Old 22.03.2013, 15:46
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Scientific: Rich people tend to be assholes

Paul Piff, a psychologist at UC Berkeley:

“the rich are way more likely to prioritize their own self-interests above the interests of other people.” They are, he continued, “more likely to exhibit characteristics that we would stereotypically associate with, say, assholes.”


http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/...t-give/309254/

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Old 22.03.2013, 15:49
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Re: Scientific: Rich people tend to be assholes

I disagree, look at:

Bill Gates

Warren Buffett

Howard Hughes

John Paul Getty

etc etc:_ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...le_foundations
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Old 22.03.2013, 16:09
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Re: Scientific: Rich people tend to be assholes

I didn't realise I was rich; I feel much better now!
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Old 22.03.2013, 16:10
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Re: Scientific: Rich people tend to be assholes

That's why EFers can afford to live in Switzerland.
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Old 22.03.2013, 16:57
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Re: Scientific: Rich people tend to be assholes

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I disagree, look at:

Bill Gates

Warren Buffett

Howard Hughes

John Paul Getty
I'm confusd - are you saying that these guys are _not_ assholes?

Or maybe you're confusing "giving away lots of money cos I've got so much I won't notice it" with "being a nice guy".
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Old 22.03.2013, 17:01
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I'm confusd - are you saying that these guys are _not_ assholes?

Or maybe you're confusing "giving away lots of money cos I've got so much I won't notice it" with "being a nice guy".
yes. they are good people because they put their money where their mouth is and give billions to charity. why are you confused?

please explain why you think any of the above are "assholes"?
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Old 22.03.2013, 17:07
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yes. they are good people because they put their money where their mouth is and give billions to charity. why are you confused?

please explain why you think any of the above are "assholes"?
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Old 22.03.2013, 17:09
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money where their mouth is and give billions to charity.
I assume you didn't bother to read the article didn't you?
The bit with the 1.3% vs 3.2%?
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Old 22.03.2013, 17:09
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Old 22.03.2013, 17:12
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I assume you didn't bother to read the article didn't you?
The bit with the 1.3% vs 3.2%?
I read it, I don't believe it, I don't believe the stats. Many rich give to charity but don't announce it, don't flash it about.

you get good people and bad people, some are rich, some are poor. I don't buy the rich people are assholes argument at all, its naive.
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Old 22.03.2013, 17:22
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Re: Scientific: Rich people tend to be assholes

Hence the story:

Life is like a big tree full of monkeys:The ones on top looking down. All they see are smilling faces .The ones on the bottem ,looking up. All they see are assholes
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I read it, I don't believe it, I don't believe the stats. Many rich give to charity but don't announce it, don't flash it about.

you get good people and bad people, some are rich, some are poor. I don't buy the rich people are assholes argument at all, its naive.
How do *you* think they got rich then?
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Old 22.03.2013, 17:33
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you get good people and bad people, some are rich, some are poor. I don't buy the rich people are assholes argument at all, its naive.
*shrug* Indeed. I guess people are intimidated by those who have a very clear vision about what they want to achieve and how to go about it. Because they can't associate with this, they assume that anyone who is like this is an arsehole.

Other people are just jealous, i.e. the haves and that have nots.

I guess it all depends on the perspective.

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How do *you* think they got rich then?
See above. Why would you automatically assume that someone who is rich had to be an arsehole? Now, if we were talking about politicians...

Arseholes have friends you know. Funnily enough people with the same perspective. I guess we should all be looking out for the next book: A$$holes: how the poor stay poor?

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Old 22.03.2013, 17:36
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How do *you* think they got rich then?
I can't speak for every rich person but as a starting point you can pick one of the following or combinations of:
  • working hard
  • being clever
  • being lucky
  • inheriting wealth
  • marrying into wealth
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Old 22.03.2013, 17:46
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I can't speak for every rich person but as a starting point you can pick one of the following or combinations of:
  • working hard
  • being clever
  • being lucky
  • inheriting wealth
  • marrying into wealth
You can also add:
  • Utilising government corruption (Russian oligarchs)
  • Illegal means (i.e. crime)
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Old 22.03.2013, 17:49
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You can also add:
  • Utilising government corruption (Russian oligarchs)
  • Illegal means (i.e. crime)
of course you can but the point is the thread header is "Rich people tend to be assholes" and I am trying to show that there are other means of getting rich than being an "asshole".
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Old 22.03.2013, 17:59
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I assume you didn't bother to read the article didn't you?
The bit with the 1.3% vs 3.2%?
i never saw a poor person give 1bn to charity...
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Old 22.03.2013, 18:34
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I read it, I don't believe it, I don't believe the stats. Many rich give to charity but don't announce it, don't flash it about.
Believe it. It's true. Nothing to do with flashing it about, the money trail can still be followed.
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Old 22.03.2013, 21:47
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I was given a copy of that by a former colleague, although it was called How I got rich and happy by not giving a shit about you

It was extremely dull..
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Re: Scientific: Rich people tend to be assholes

A book written by a professor from a university known for its class-warfare/wealth-envy rhetoric and liberal redistributionist policies, and it slams "rich" people... I'm hardly surprised...
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