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I'd like to know how much culture affects cooperation/trust in society vs other factors, such as genetics. I have a hypothesis that culture is much like a protocol. When all members of society speak the same protocol around each other, there is cooperation. The opposite is like your tragedy of the commons effect. This isn't to say that multi-culturalism would be bad if this hypothesis were true, only that all members of the society may need to at least understand a common culture to have cooperation.

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