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Title: Group selection theories are now more sophisticated, but are they more predictive?
Authors: Price, ME
Keywords: Human cooperation;Large groups;Genetically unrelated individuals
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Ian Pitchford and Robert M. Young
Citation: Evolutionary Psychology, 10 (1): 45 - 49, (2012)
Abstract: Human beings are unique among species in their ability to cooperate in large groups of genetically unrelated individuals, and in this book, Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis attempt to account for the origins of this ability. The authors specialize in the use of formal models and agent-based simulations in order to precisely specify their theories of cooperation, and they often draw on studies conducted in hunter gatherer societies and in experimental economic laboratories for evidence that they find relevant to evaluating these theories. The book is a valuable review of these anthropological and economic literatures, and a thorough showcase of the authors’ expert formal theorizing about how cooperation may have evolved. However, I often found myself disagreeing with the authors’ focus on group selection as an explanation for human cooperation, and with their views on how well the empirical findings provide support for group selectionist theories.
ISSN: 1474-7049
Appears in Collections:Dept of Life Sciences Research Papers

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