The Evolution of Cooperation

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Basic Books, 1984 - Psychology - 241 pages
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The much-discussed book that explores how cooperation can emerge in a world of self-seeking egoists--whether superpowers, businesses, or individuals--when there is no central authority to police their actions."A remarkable mixture of theoretical analysis, anecdotal evidence, and a most unusual mode of empirical research...In it he applies the prisoner's dilemma to topics ranging from collusion among large corporations to U.S. involvement in Vietnam."--James L. Gould and Carol Grant Gould, "Sciences"

"A fascinating contribution to the theory of cooperation, and written in a clear, informal style that makes it a joy to read." "--Times Literary Supplement (London)"

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This book does a remarkable job of taking the results of a social experiment (a non-zero sum game) and extrapolating its data to develop a model for optimal cooperation. The basic cooperative strategy ... Read full review

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Interesting Quotes: "The overall record of TIT FOR TAT [in iterated Prisoners' Dilemma competitions] is very impressive. To recapitulate, in the second round, TIT FOR TAT achieved the highest average ... Read full review


The Problem of Cooperation
The Emergence of Cooperation
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Robert Axelrod is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of Michigan. A MacArthur Prize Fellow, he is a leading expert on game theory, artificial intelligence, evolutionary biology, mathematical modeling, and complexity theory. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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