Cheating Monkeys and Citizen Bees: The Nature of Cooperation in Animals and Humans

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Harvard University Press, 2000 - Nature - 208 pages
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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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Lee Alan Dugatkin is a professor and Distinguished University Scholar in the Department of Biology at the University of Louisville. His main area of research is the evolution of social behavior. He is currently studying the evolution of cooperation, aggression, antibiotic resistance, risk-taking behavior, and the interaction between genetic and cultural evolution. Dr. Dugatkin is the author of over 145 articles on evolution and behavior in journals such as "Nature "and "The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences" and several trade monographs on the evolution of cooperation and the history of science. He is also the author of "Principles of Animal Behavior", Second Edition.

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