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The Evolution of Cooperation: Revised Edition

The Evolution of Cooperation: Revised Edition

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General Political ScienceMilitary StrategySelf-Help

ISBN10: 0465005640
ISBN13: 9780465005642
Publisher: Basic Books
Published: Dec 5 2006
Pages: 264
Weight: 0.60
Height: 0.65 Width: 5.30 Depth: 7.96
Language: English
A famed political scientist's classic argument for a more cooperative world

We assume that, in a world ruled by natural selection, selfishness pays. So why cooperate? In The Evolution of Cooperation, political scientist Robert Axelrod seeks to answer this question. In 1980, he organized the famed Computer Prisoners Dilemma Tournament, which sought to find the optimal strategy for survival in a particular game. Over and over, the simplest strategy, a cooperative program called Tit for Tat, shut out the competition. In other words, cooperation, not unfettered competition, turns out to be our best chance for survival.

A vital book for leaders and decision makers, The Evolution of Cooperation reveals how cooperative principles help us think better about everything from military strategy, to political elections, to family dynamics.

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