Five Rules for the Evolution of Cooperation Martin A. Nowak, et al. Science 314 , 1560 (2006); DOI: 10.1126/science.1133755

Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, and Department of Mathematics, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA.
Science (Impact Factor: 33.61). 01/2007; 314(5805):1560-3. DOI: 10.1126/science.1133755
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Cooperation is needed for evolution to construct new levels of organization. Genomes, cells, multicellular organisms, social insects, and human society are all based on cooperation. Cooperation means that selfish replicators forgo some of their reproductive potential to help one another. But natural selection implies competition and therefore opposes cooperation unless a specific mechanism is at work. Here I discuss five mechanisms for the evolution of cooperation: kin selection, direct reciprocity, indirect reciprocity, network reciprocity, and group selection. For each mechanism, a simple rule is derived that specifies whether natural selection can lead to cooperation.

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    • "In this section, we extend the two-island competition algorithm (CICC) applied in [15] [16] [17] to a multi-island cooperative coevolution (MICCC) algorithm which enforces competition and collaboration between various different suboptimal decompositions that are implemented as islands. Since evolution is a unity of cooperation and opposition [18] [19], competition in a surrounding of limited resources is vital for survival. In competitive coevolution , the individual show its competitive ability through its fitness scores. "
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    • "Mounting evidence shows that humans cooperate with non-kin even when doing so implies paying irrecoverable costs (Ledyard 1995, Gintis 2000, Henrich et al. 2001, Fehr & Gächter 2002, Bowles & Gintis 2003, Camerer 2003). These prosocial behaviors are inconsistent with the strict pursue of self-interest and thus constitute a challenge for disciplines ranging from evolutionary biology to the social and behavioral sciences (Nowak 2006, Fehr & Camerer 2007, Harbaugh et al. 2007, Perc & Szolnoki 2008, Roca et al. 2009, Capraro 2013, Exadaktylos et al. 2013, Rand & Nowak 2013, Gutiérrez-Roig et al. 2014, Raihani 2014). "
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    • "By maximizing inclusive fitness, relatedness apparently enhances cooperation over resource management (Alvard 2003; Krupp et al. 2008). That kinship and territoriality were the foundations of cooperative societies before the evolution of the state is well researched (Engels and Morgan 1978; Eriksen 2004); unpacking the social and biological foundations of relatedness has shaped our understanding of the conditions under which cooperation thrives (Axelrod and Hamilton 1981; Nowak 2006). Biological kinship and alliances also provide critical insights into social organisation , prohibition and regulatory rules, property inheritance and ownership (Gough 1952; Carsten 2000). "
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