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Genetic and Cultural Evolution of Cooperation (Dahlem Workshop Reports) Hardcover – October 10, 2003
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"A revolution is happening in the borderland between cellular evolution and the evolution of whole organisms and cooperating entities in a community. The authors of the papers in this book are addressing this revolution in a cogent and clear manner. There is much to explain about the cooperative or not-so-cooperative behavior of homo sapiens, and the work in this volume goes a long way toward providing a clear explanation." Elinor Ostrom, Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science, Indiana University
The book offers a surprising wealth of ideas on the biological and cultural evolution of cooperation. It presents exciting and thought-provoking reading material for everybody interested in the subject matter.(Reinhard Selten, Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences in 1994 and Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of Bonn)
"This timely monograph will prove essential reading - not only as a state-of-the-art overview, but also as an informed agenda for future research." Mike Mesterton-Gibbons American Journal of Human Biology
About the Author
Peter Hammerstein is Professor in Organismic Evolution at the Institute for Theoretical Biology at Humboldt University, Berlin and an external member of the interdisciplinary Santa Fe Institute.
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I fear only that ordinary readers and the popular media will not find this book; it is formidably difficult reading--you have to know biology, anthropology, theoretical economics, and even cell physiology to get through all of it. Help! I hope somebody is writing a popular knockoff, to counter the idiotic garbage put out by those who have confused political ideology with evolutionary theory and given us floods of nonsense about the "selfish gene," the impossibility of social cooperation, the naturalness of selfishness, and even the biological inevitability of rape and spouse abuse!
In any case, this book puts the study of cooperation on a sounder scientific footing. We need social applications, before it is too late.