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Sympathy for the CEO

Science  15 Jul 2011:
Vol. 333, Issue 6040, pp. 293-294
DOI: 10.1126/science.1209620

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Few historians are familiar with the encounter groups of the American robber barons in the 1880s. Captains of industry—John Astor, John Morgan, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and the like—suffered greatly from the burdens of spending enormous wealth, crushing unions, flouting laws, and buying politicians. And so these masters of the universe would regularly meet in the woods, share their problems, play drums in their tie-dye shirts, and finish with group hugs. Pity the poor alpha male. Indeed, on page 357 of this issue, Gesquiere et al. (1) suggest that being an alpha male in a society of baboons has adverse physiological consequences.