Cheating Monkeys and Citizen Bees: The Nature of Cooperation in Animals and Humans
Here biologist Lee Dugatkin outlines four paths to cooperation shared by humans and other animals: family dynamics, reciprocal transactions (or "tit for tat"), so-called selfish teamwork, and group altruism. He draws on a wealth of examples—from babysitting among mongooses and food sharing among vampire bats to cooperation in Hutterite communities and on kibbutzim—o show not only that cooperation exists throughout the animal kingdom, but how an understanding of the natural history of altruism might foster our own best instincts toward our fellow humans.
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I love this book. I find it clear and enjoyable to read, and well-founded in research on the evolution of cooperative behavior. It will give the reader a true picture of the state of scientific insight on when and how cooperation evolves, with a wealth of examples from different animal species.
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Cheating Monkeys and Citizen Bees: The Nature of Cooperation in Animals and ...
Lee Alan Dugatkin
No preview available - 1999