The Evolution of Cooperation

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The Evolution of Cooperation


ScienceDaily (June 8, 2012) — Max Planck scientists have developed a new theoretical model on the evolution of cooperation.


Evolution by definition is cold and merciless: it selects for success and weeds out failure. It seems only natural to expect that such a process would simply favour genes that help themselves and not others. Yet cooperative behaviour can be observed in many areas, and humans helping each other are a common phenomenon. Thus, one of the major questions in science today is how cooperative behaviour could evolve.



"Experiments are the only means of knowledge at our disposal. The rest is poetry, imagination." Max Planck