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Understanding the social dynamics that cause cooperation to thrive, or fail

Certain types of social networks can paradoxically lead to cooperation’s collapse. Biologists address the question of how an evolving social network influences the likelihood of cooperation in a theoretical social group. They find that, although networks, where connected individuals are closely … Continue reading

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To build a Cooperative Society, is it better to punish or reward?

One of the basic components of a functional, cooperative society is a code of law, where the laws are usually enforced by some kind of incentive. Social incentives can either be positive (rewards) or negative (punishments), and a society must … Continue reading

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Genetic and Cultural Evolution of Cooperation

Current thinking in evolutionary biology holds that competition among individuals is the key to understanding natural selection. When competition exists, it is obvious that conflict arises; the emergence of cooperation, however, is less straightforward and calls for in-depth analysis. Much … Continue reading

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Cooperation and Human Cognition: the Vygotskian Intelligence hypothesis

Nicholas Humphrey’s social intelligence hypothesis proposed that the major engine of primate cognitive evolution was social competition. Lev Vygotsky also emphasized the social dimension of intelligence, but he focused on human primates and cultural things such as collaboration, communication, and … Continue reading

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