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Invisible MindFlexible Social Cognition and Dehumanization$
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Lasana T. Harris

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262035965

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262035965.001.0001

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The Economic Context

The Economic Context

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(p.139) 8 The Economic Context
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Invisible Mind
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Lasana T. Harris

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262035965.003.0008

The eight chapter explores how social cognition functions in economic contexts, describing economical tendencies that are shared across species, and highlighting the difference between economic and social contexts. It then examines the 2007 global financial crisis as a case study about the problems caused by engaging social cognition in economic contexts. Finally, it explores labor markets as a second example where problems might arises if social cognition is inappropriately engaged, and argues that social cognition can often get in the way of economic motives, resulting in sub-optimal economic decisions and human exploitation.

Keywords:   Economics, Labor markets, 2007 global financial crisis, Human exploitation

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