Cooperation through the endogenous evolution of social structure

David Hales, Shade Shutters

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    A number of recent models demonstrate sustained and high levels of cooperation within evolutionary systems supported by the endogenous evolution of social structure. These dynamic social structures co-evolve, under certain conditions, to support a form of group selection in which highly cooperative groups replace less cooperative groups. A necessary condition is that agents are free to move between groups and can create new groups more quickly than existing groups become invaded by defecting agents who do not cooperate.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationComplex Sciences - 2nd International Conference, COMPLEX 2012, Revised Selected Papers
    EditorsKristin Glass, Richard Colbaugh, Jeffrey Tsao, Paul Ormerod
    PublisherSpringer Verlag
    Number of pages16
    ISBN (Print)9783319034720
    StatePublished - 2013
    Event2nd International Conference on Complex Sciences, COMPLEX 2012 - Santa Fe, United States
    Duration: Dec 5 2012Dec 7 2012

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, LNICST
    Volume126 LNICST
    ISSN (Print)1867-8211


    Other2nd International Conference on Complex Sciences, COMPLEX 2012
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CitySanta Fe


    • Agents
    • Cultural evolution
    • Evolution of cooperative
    • Group selection
    • Prisoner’s dilemma

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Computer Networks and Communications

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