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Study Shows that Environmentalists are More Likely to Be Immoral

from guardian.co.uk:

How going green may make you mean

Kate Connolly in Berlin
3/15/2010/19.42 GMT

When Al Gore was caught running up huge energy bills at home at the same time as lecturing on the need to save electricity, it turns out that he was only reverting to “green” type.

According to a study, when people feel they have been morally virtuous by saving the planet through their purchases of organic baby food, for example, it leads to the “licensing [of] selfish and morally questionable behaviour”, otherwise known as “moral balancing” or “compensatory ethics”.

Do Green Products Make Us Better People is published in the latest edition of the journal Psychological Science. Its authors, Canadian psychologists Nina Mazar and Chen-Bo Zhong, argue that people who wear what they call the “halo of green consumerism” are less likely to be kind to others, and more likely to cheat and steal. “Virtuous acts can license subsequent asocial and unethical behaviours,” they write.

The pair found that those in their study who bought green products appeared less willing to share with others a set amount of money than those who bought conventional products. When the green consumers were given the chance to boost their money by cheating on a computer game and then given the opportunity to lie about it – in other words, steal – they did, while the conventional consumers did not. Later, in an honour system in which participants were asked to take money from an envelope to pay themselves their spoils, the greens were six times more likely to steal than the conventionals. – More here.

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  1. May 5, 2010 at 3:08 PM | #1

    According to an atheist who left me a comment on this article a long time ago, this study was flawed, and from what he showed me he was correct. Also I realized after that, that of course people who buy more expensive food will be less likely to share it. I won’t link to his rebuttal though, because he had an offensive comment about God as one of the main statements on his blog.

  2. May 7, 2010 at 5:45 PM | #2

    Your blog said something like, “A life free from God”, what did you expect me or others to think?

  3. May 7, 2010 at 10:25 PM | #3

    “Again, your response is misleading to readers. When you indicated that I said something by quoting “A life free from God,” you are assuring to your readers that I said something exactly what you quote.”

    Idiot: “something like”, the misleader is you. And how stupid are you that you couldn’t notice that in A SINGLE SENTENCE REPLY? Now all your comments will be marked as spam you troll.

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