Runaway social selection for displays of partner value and altruism

Randolph M. Nesse

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The discovery of evolutionary explanations for cooperation is one of the great achievements of late 20th century biology. As most readers know, benefits to the group rarely explain tendencies to help others (Williams, 1966; Dawkins, 1976), benefits to kin explain altruism in proportion to the coefficient of relatedness (Hamilton, 1964), and mutual benefits and reciprocal exchanges explain much cooperation between nonrelatives (Trivers, 1971). Subsequent theoretical and empirical studies have blossomed into a body of knowledge that can explain much social behavior (Wilson, 1975; Trivers, 1985; Dugatkin, 1997; Alcock, 2001; Hammerstein, 2003).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Moral Brain
Subtitle of host publicationEssays on the Evolutionary and Neuroscientific Aspects of Morality
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781402062872
ISBN (Print)9781402062865
StatePublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Neuroscience(all)


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