Cooperation and its evolution
- Cambridge, Mass. ; London, Eng. : MIT Press, c2013.
- Physical description
- vii, 577 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
QH366.2 .C657 2013
- Unknown QH366.2 .C657 2013
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Publisher's Summary
- This collection reports on the latest research on an increasingly pivotal issue for evolutionary biology: cooperation. The chapters are written from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and utilize research tools that range from empirical survey to conceptual modeling, reflecting the rich diversity of work in the field. They explore a wide taxonomic range, concentrating on bacteria, social insects, and, especially, humans. Part I ("Agents and Environments") investigates the connections of social cooperation in social organizations to the conditions that make cooperation profitable and stable, focusing on the interactions of agent, population, and environment. Part II ("Agents and Mechanisms") focuses on how proximate mechanisms emerge and operate in the evolutionary process and how they shape evolutionary trajectories. Throughout the book, certain themes emerge that demonstrate the ubiquity of questions regarding cooperation in evolutionary biology: the generation and division of the profits of cooperation; transitions in individuality; levels of selection, from gene to organism; and the "human cooperation explosion" that makes our own social behavior particularly puzzling from an evolutionary perspective.
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- Publication date
- edited by Kim Sterelny, Richard Joyce, Brett Calcott, and Ben Fraser.
- Life and mind: philosophical issues in biology and psychology
- "A Bradford Book."