Jul 24, 2006
An eye for
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/24/opinion/24gilbert.html?ex=1153886400&en=28cbeae781bd19fa&ei=5087%0A That’s why participants in every one of the globe’s intractable conflicts — from Ireland to the Middle East — offer the even-numberedness of their punches as grounds for exculpation. The problem with the principle of even-numberedness is that people count differently. Every action has a cause and a consequence: something that led to it and something that followed from it. But research shows that while people think of their own actions as the consequences of what came before, they think of other people’s actions as the causes of what came later.