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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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  - 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

Contents

The Problem of Cooperation
3
The Emergence of Cooperation
25
The Success of TIT FOR TAT in Computer Tournaments
27
The Chronology of Cooperation
55
Cooperation Without Friendship or Foresight
71
The LiveandLetLive System in Trench Warfare in World War I
73
The Evolution of Cooperation in Biological Systems with William D Hamilton
88
Advice for Participants and Reformers
107
Conclusions
143
The Social Structure of Cooperation
145
The Robustness of Reciprocity
169
TOURNAMENT RESULTS
192
PROOFS OF THE THEORETICAL PROPOSITIONS
206
NOTES
216
BIBLIOGRAPHY
223
INDEX
231

How to Choose Effectively
109
How to Promote Cooperation
124

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About the author (1984)

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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