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Social Dilemmas

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A social dilemma is a situation in which an individual profits from selfishness unless everyone chooses the selfish alternative, in which case the whole group loses.

SOCIAL DILEMMA OF CYSTIC FIBROSIS (5.1.16) by The Frey Life

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Problems arise when too many group members choose to pursue individual profit and immediate satisfaction rather than behave in the group’s best long-term interests.

Current Affairs February_2016(Social Issues)_20-03-2016 by Vision IAS

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Social dilemmas can take many forms and are studied across disciplines such as psychology, economics, and political science.

Political science is a social science discipline that deals with systems of government, and the analysis of political activities, political thoughts and political behaviour.

Economics is a social science concerned with the factors that determine the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services.

Psychology is the study of behavior and mind, embracing all aspects of conscious and unconscious experience as well as thought.

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Examples of phenomena that can be explained using social dilemmas include resource depletion, low voter turnout, and overpopulation.

Overpopulation occurs when a species' population exceeds the carrying capacity of its ecological niche.

Resource depletion is the consumption of a resource faster than it can be replenished.

Voter turnout is the percentage of eligible voters who cast a ballot in an election.

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