Science: Billionaires Are Bad

From Trace Dominguez. ( YouTube / Nebula )

Billionaires are idolized, lionized, followed, and celebritized, but should they be?? (Science: โ€œNo. You donโ€™t even _like_ them.โ€) || Join Nebula and watch this video with extra content, no ads, and get Nebula Classes free too! ๐Ÿ‘‰

Fans of #ElonMusk attack strangers on the internet every day. Fans of Kim Kardashian, Oprah, Mark Cuban, and even Donald Trump will stan them all day โ€” and yetโ€ฆ why? Americans love the wealthy. We think wealth is a skill and we want to know how they did it, so we can achieve it too, but #HowDoPeopleGetRichโ€ฆ really?? I looked at the science and broke down the neuroscience, psychology, and sociology that keep us enamored with "The 1%," Rhianna, Trump, Warren Buffett, MacKenzie Scott, Bill Gates, and other #billionaires โ€” even if we actually *hate* Elites.

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0:00 Do we actually hate billionaires?
0:23 Do rich people work harder?
4:47 We think wealth is good (but is it?)
6:38 Why do we lie to ourselves?
7:02 No really, polls say we hate billionaires
10:40 Examples of these concepts in action
13:28 I don’t need billions, just a little support
15:17 Seriously, we don’t like the rich

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*Talent Versus Luck: The Role Of Randomness In Success And Failure (Advances In Complex Systems)*

*If youโ€™re so smart, why arenโ€™t you rich? Turns out itโ€™s just chance. (MIT Technology Review)*

*Are Millionaires Smarter Than the Rest of Us?*
โ€œIf differential talent would have also played a role, we would have found a distribution of wealth that is even more extreme,โ€ he explained. โ€œThis suggests that luck, rather than talent, is the main driving force of wealth inequality among the rich.โ€

*Did our brains evolve to foolishly follow celebrities? Yes. The answer is yes. (Durham University)*

*People are more tolerant of inequality when it is expressed in terms of individuals rather than groups at the top (PNAS)*

*U.S. views of billionaires now somewhat more negative than in 2020 (Pew Research Center)*

*Fun fact: a record number of the billionaires in the United States are also immigrants! (We get the job done)*


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