The Evolution of Cooperation: Revised Edition

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Basic Books, Dec 5, 2006 - Political Science - 241 pages
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The Evolution of Cooperation provides valuable insights into the age-old question of whether unforced cooperation is ever possible. Widely praised and much-discussed, this classic book 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. The problem of cooperation is central to many different fields. Robert Axelrod recounts the famous computer tournaments in which the “cooperative” program Tit for Tat recorded its stunning victories, explains its application to a broad spectrum of subjects, and suggests how readers can both apply cooperative principles to their own lives and teach cooperative principles to others.
 

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

I read this while I was in rehab from a motorcycle accident; and even under the influence of painkillers & other meds I found it understandable. Fascinating. Read full review

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User Review  - Mnookin - LibraryThing

Axelrod and company had have given a full blow to the war-mongering theory that strength and power are the only true answers to conflict. So, if you are into the idea that it is better to be feared ... Read full review

Contents

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IV
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V
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VI
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VIII
124
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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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