Author Topic: Cooperation Vs Selfishness: Cooperation is Better  (Read 994 times)

Offline stromboli

Cooperation Vs Selfishness: Cooperation is Better
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"We found evolution will punish you if you're selfish and mean," said lead author Christoph Adami, MSU professor of microbiology and molecular genetics. "For a short time and against a specific set of opponents, some selfish organisms may come out ahead. But selfishness isn't evolutionarily sustainable."

The paper "Evolutionary instability of Zero Determinant strategies demonstrates that winning isn't everything," is co-authored by Arend Hintze, molecular and microbiology research associate, and published in the Aug. 1, 2013 issue of Nature Communications.

Game theory is used in biology, economics, political science and other disciplines. Much of the last 30 years of research has focused on how cooperation came to be, since it's found in many forms of life, from single-cell organisms to people. The research also makes that case that communication and information are necessary for cooperation to take place.

"Standard game theory doesn't take communication into account because it's so complicated to do the math for the expected payoffs," Adami explained. "But just because the math doesn't exist and the general formula may never be solved, it doesn't mean we can't explore the idea using agent-based modeling. Communication is critical for cooperation; we think communication is the reason cooperation occurs. It's generally believed that there are five independent mechanisms that foster cooperation. But these mechanisms are really just ways to ensure that cooperators play mostly with other cooperators and avoid all others. Communication is a universal way to achieve that. We plan to test the idea directly in yeast cells."

Makes sense if you think about it. When we talk about morals, we are really talking about a cooperative society. If you think of illegal acts such as robbery and murder as ultimately very selfish behavior, then the concept of morality is self evident.

Offline Solitary

Re: Cooperation Vs Selfishness: Cooperation is Better
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2013, 01:39:55 PM »
So true, and so obvious. Solitary
There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.