Many a Monopoly game has been upended over an accusation of cheating -- but what would happen if cheating was a predetermined part of the game? Tonight's Warm Cookies of the Revolution session, "Realistic Monopoly and Other Games," is based on the findings of a study conducted by psychologist Paul Piff at the University of California at Berkeley. As reported inan article in New York magazine
, some participants started the game completely penniless, while others had huge stashes of cash.
While other communal board games will also be welcome at tonight's event, if you go for the Monopoly, be prepared to do so at the luck of the draw: Players will be required to draw straws to determine their starting lot in Monopoly life. Win or lose, warm cookies and milk will wrap up the whole experiment in ethics and economics, and that puts everyone back on an even field.
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