Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary

Radical contingency in sharing behavior and its consequences

Todd Davies a1
a1 Symbolic Systems Program, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-2150


The data of Henrich et al., when combined with other research, suggest that sharing behavior probably varies systematically across cultures, situations, and individuals. Economic policies founded on recognition of this “radical contingency” would, I argue, nurture economic pluralism rather than attempting to bring the world under one system.