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Both because it's the season of giving and because it's, apparently, also the season for frantic but far-reaching tax overhauls , I've been thinking about greed and empathy lately. How much wealth should we accumulate and how much should we give away? How do we balance compassion for those less fortunate with justly rewarding innovation, risk, and talent? If you're looking for definitive answers to these questions, look elsewhere (and good luck to you). But in the course of thinking about these things, I stumbled on one interesting truth. My answers to these questions are almost certainly affected by my bank balance. Wealth, science has shown, may increase our ability to give to others bu... Full story

7 December