The Evolution Of Cooperation: Revised Edition
ISBN: 0465021212
EAN13: 9780465021215
Language: English
Pages: 241
Dimensions: 0.71" H x 7.72" L x 5.35" W
Weight: 0.79 lbs.
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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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   A Beautiful Book
An idea that is elegant, simple, and powerful is a beautiful idea. This is a beautiful book. It is presented in a way that is elegant. It is easy to understand and read. The insights and conclusions of the book are very interesting. The book looks at how agents interact with other people. It studies what strategies those agents might adopt and what strategies are the most beneficial to the agent. The results are quite interesting. The strategy of cooperation can evolve in a social system where the majority of agents don't cooperate according to the book. The results are interesting. This book is very good.
   An interesting application of game theory
The book talks about the game theory in a nice way and so it allows Hofstaedter to prefer the model of mathematics. The arguments related to the human behavior and to the biological life are included. The model can be considered from the difference between case cooperative and not. It exists an informatic program that is verified here. The consequences of the individual issues are justified.
   Practical lessons from a simple model
The vast majority of social interactions are not short- lived zero- sum games, but repeat instances of mutually profitable exchanges. Even if they never defeat an individual opponent, winners elicit cooperation from others. The simple prisoner's dilemma game is an example of an interaction. The author went beyond the analogy. He gives a good explanation of how cooperation works despite selfish individuals and central authorities. A great read.
   Really explains, not just speculates, about cooperation
It was a gift. Over the years, I have purchased many copies. Here you can find analysis of actual events, games that test cooperation, and experiments to prove a hypothesis. I have held for a long time that cooperation evolved in the biological world because it is more powerful than competition, and that's what Axelrod offers. There is a sequel for those who want more. It's written for mathematicians and scientists. I don't know who the audience is because it's so far away.
   An interesting read, though repetitive
The universal theory of bargainning is introduced in this book. The prisoner's dilemma model is used to conclude the most optimum general strategy for cooperation, and then continually re- iterate this point throughout the rest of the book. It makes some important conclusions which would be of interest to anyone involved in trading, politics or the study of economic and behavioural theory.
   I have always been interested in the idea of morality ...
The idea of morality is something that is inherent in us and is the result of evolution, that's what I' ve always been interested in. The book uses games theory to shed light on the possibility.