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The Primate Diaries

The Primate Diaries

Notes on science, politics, and history from a primate in the human zoo.


Punishing Cheaters Promotes the Evolution of Cooperation

Humans are one of the most cooperative species on the planet. Our ability to coordinate behavior and work collaboratively with others has allowed us to create the natural world’s largest and most densely populated societies, outside of deep sea microbial mats and a few Hymenoptera mega-colonies.However, a key problem when trying to understand the evolution of cooperation has been the issue of cheaters...

August 16, 2012 — Eric Michael Johnson

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