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How Trust Works

Trust is perhaps one of the most, if not the most, valuable thing in our society.  Much of our societal functions depend on trust.  In The Count of Monte Cristo, the Count opens up an account with Danglars, and because he is rich, Danglars trusts him and as a result Danglars opens up an account with him, which eventually leads to his downfall.

Here are a few links on how the brain trusts:

http://brainwaves.corante.com/archives/2003/08/11/the_neurobiology_of_trust.php

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/your-neurochemical-self/201401/hook-ups-oxytocin-and-the-brain-s-quest-trust

http://mentalfloss.com/article/54556/what-makes-our-brains-feel-trust

http://news.sciencemag.org/2005/03/building-trust-brain

Money: The Great Motivator

Lewis Lapham argues that there is a great “American faith in money.”  Others may argue that it is not just Americans, but people in general that have faith in, a want of, a need, for money.  It is not just the fact that money signifies wealth, security, and prosperity.  The reason people do this is because money signifies something else.

Power.

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