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SuperCooperators : altruism, evolution, and why we need each other to succeed

Author: M A Nowak; Roger Highfield
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Free Press hardcover edView all editions and formats
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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.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: M A Nowak; Roger Highfield
ISBN: 9781439100189 1439100187 9781451626636 1451626630
OCLC Number: 464593299
Description: xix, 330 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The struggle --
The prisoner's dilemma --
Five ways to solve the dilemma. Direct reciprocity : tit for tat ; Indirect reciprocity : power of reputation ; Spatial games : chessboard of life ; Group selection : tribal wars ; Kin selection : nepotism --
Feats of cooperation. Prelife ; Society of cells ; The lord of the ants --
From cooperators to supercooperators. Gift of the gab ; Public goods ; Punish and perish ; How many friends are too many? ; Game, set, and match ; Crescendo of cooperation.
Responsibility: Martin A. Nowak with Roger Highfield.
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