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A Cooperative Species (or are we just afraid someone may be looking?)

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Published on Apr 20, 2012

Samuel Bowles, Professor, Santa Fe Institute
September 16, 2008

Since Darwin, the evolutionary origin of these and other examples of altruistic cooperation has puzzled biologists and economists where notions of 'selfish genes' and amoral Homo economicus hold sway. Drawing on archaeological, genetic, climatic, and other information about the conditions under which our distant ancestors lived, Bowles will show why standard explanations of human cooperation are inadequate.

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