Supercooperators

Supercooperators

Altruism, Evolution, and Why We Need Each Other to Succeed

Book - 2011/03/22
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Looks at the importance of cooperation in human beings and in nature, arguing that this social tool is as important an aspect of evolution as mutation and natural selection.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2011/03/22
Edition: 1st Free Press hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781439100189
1439100187
Branch Call Number: 519.3 NOW
Characteristics: xix, 330 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Highfield, Roger
Alternative Title: Super cooperators

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delfon
Jun 02, 2014

This is a good conglomeraqtoin of complexity theory, mathematical precision, relating to human, animal activities in rna, dna and genome devlopment. Cooperation eists amonst cooperators. tit for tat, generous tit for tat, all successful in dealing with the age old "Prisoners Delimma". Cells cooperate, mutation, selection and cooperation do work together. Applies even to social groupings. where sets (groups of interests -- sets) set themselves up to escape defectors, suppressors and other exploiters. One could draw some fascinating theories about elections and group activities from this research, or Corina's formulae. A bit pondedrous, but lots of new concepts, insects that farm, slueths, pods, waggling bees. Kind of a fun read.

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jbetzzall
Sep 15, 2012

Mathematicians and biologists cooperatively explore the biiological basis of social cooperation, with (mostly unstated) implications for sociologists and social activists and frankly stated consequences for the future of humanity. Unlike the "mathematics of social choice" I studied forty years ago in college, which presented only highly pessimistic outcomes of any social interaction, this works makes very effective use of recent research on actual cooperative behavior in nature to inform the critical factors in mathematical games that explain how cooperative behaviors could have evolved and can be encouraged. The authors include just enough accounts of the personal efforts behind these discoveries to rescue it from ivory-tower abstractness, but mostly describe the games at a fairly abstract level, with some attention paid to typical real-life examples. This would be good reading for introductory sociology students and others who worry about the human future. The final words, "over to you", pass the responsibility for determining specific actions on to the reader.

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