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Cooperation Is What Makes Us Human - Issue 1: What Makes You So Special - Nautilus

Cooperation Is What Makes Us Human - Issue 1: What Makes You So Special - Nautilus | Social Evolution | Scoop.it
Tales about the origins of our species always start off like this: A small band of hunter-gatherers roams the savannah, loving, warring,…
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Stanford research: Hidden benefits of gossip, ostracism

Stanford research: Hidden benefits of gossip, ostracism | Social Evolution | Scoop.it
A Stanford study finds that what you might think of as your worst qualities – talking about people behind their backs and voting others "off the island" – can offer surprising benefits for our greater harmony.
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The role of chance in evolution – Lewis Spurgin – Aeon

The role of chance in evolution – Lewis Spurgin – Aeon | Social Evolution | Scoop.it
The strange biology of island populations highlights the role of chance, as well as selection, in evolutionary change
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The Tragedy of Common-Sense Morality: Our Intuition Is Not Good.

The Tragedy of Common-Sense Morality: Our Intuition Is Not Good. | Social Evolution | Scoop.it
Our instincts don't always serve us well. Moral psychologist Joshua Greene explains why, in the modern world, we need to figure out when to put our sense of right and wrong in manual mode.

 

Tiffany O’Callaghan: You say morality is more than it evolved to be. What do you mean?
Joshua Greene: Morality is essentially a suite of psychological mechanisms that enable us to cooperate. But, biologically at least, we only evolved to cooperate in a tribal way. Individuals who were more moral—more cooperative with those around them—could outcompete others who were not. However, we have the capacity to take a step back from this and ask what a more global morality would look like. Why are the lives of people on the other side of the world worth any less than those in my immediate community? Going through that reasoning process can allow our moral thinking to do something it never evolved to.


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The evolution of morality – Allen Buchanan and Russell Powell – Aeon

The evolution of morality – Allen Buchanan and Russell Powell – Aeon | Social Evolution | Scoop.it
Our morality may be a product of natural selection, but that doesn’t mean it's set in stone
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Why it's time to lay the selfish gene to rest – David Dobbs – Aeon

Why it's time to lay the selfish gene to rest – David Dobbs – Aeon | Social Evolution | Scoop.it
The selfish gene is one of the most successful science metaphors ever invented. Unfortunately it’s wrong
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The Selfish Gene can’t explain aging – but neither can Multi-level Selection

The Selfish Gene can’t explain aging –  but neither can Multi-level Selection | Social Evolution | Scoop.it
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The Science of Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect

The Science of Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect | Social Evolution | Scoop.it
"The self is more of a superhighway for social influence than it is the impenetrable private fortress we believe it to be."

“Without th
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'Love hormone' may play wider role in social interaction than previously thought, scientists say- Office of Communications & Public Affairs - Stanford University School of Medicine

'Love hormone' may play wider role in social interaction than previously thought, scientists say- Office of Communications & Public Affairs - Stanford University School of Medicine | Social Evolution | Scoop.it
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How social networks can make us smarter | KurzweilAI

How social networks can make us smarter | KurzweilAI | Social Evolution | Scoop.it

The secret to why some cultures thrive and others disappear may lie in our social networks and our ability to imitate, rather than our individual smarts, according to a new University of British Columbia study.

The study, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Academy: Biological Sciences (open access), shows that when people can observe and learn from a wider range of teachers, groups can better maintain technical skills and even increase the group’s average skill over successive generations.

The findings show that a larger population size and social connectedness are crucial for the development of more sophisticated technologies and cultural knowledge, says lead author Michael Muthukrishna, a PhD student in UBC’s Dept. of Psychology.

“This is the first study to demonstrate in a laboratory setting what archeologists and evolutionary theorists have long suggested: that there is an important link between a society’s sociality and the sophistication of its technology,” says Muthukrishna, who co-authored the research with UBC Prof. Joseph Henrich.


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Why Can't We All Just Get Along? The Uncertain Biological Basis of Morality

Why Can't We All Just Get Along? The Uncertain Biological Basis of Morality | Social Evolution | Scoop.it
Squaring recent research suggesting we're "naturally moral" with all the strife in the world
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Are We Hard-Wired for War?

Are We Hard-Wired for War? | Social Evolution | Scoop.it
The emerging popular consensus about our biological predisposition to warfare is troubling: it is scientifically weak and morally unfortunate.
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Interview with Edward O. Wilson: The Origin of Morals - SPIEGEL ONLINE

American sociobiologist Edward O. Wilson is championing a controversial new approach for explaining the origins of virtue and sin.
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Princeton University Press, 2013 - Metapsychology

Princeton University Press, 2013 - Metapsychology | Social Evolution | Scoop.it
Princeton University Press, 2013
Metapsychology
The co-evolution of culture and genes is reinterpreted as that of social institutions; and in so far as the latter vary, so will the forms of cooperation.
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Book Review: War, Peace, and Human Nature: The Convergence of Evolutionary and Cultural Views

Book Review: War, Peace, and Human Nature: The Convergence of Evolutionary and Cultural Views | Social Evolution | Scoop.it
Have humans always waged war? Is warring an ancient evolutionary adaptation or a relatively recent behaviour? In this book, editor Douglas P. Fry brings together leading experts in evolutionary bio...
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The Penguin and The Leviathan: The Science and Practice of Cooperation

Yochai Benkler, Harvard University October 13, 2010 What do Toyota's innovative supply-chain management structure, a Chicago police commissioner's call for p...
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[1311.4407] Relative importance of social synergy, assortation and networks in the evolution of social cooperation

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The Unselfish Gene by Yochai Bankler

The Unselfish Gene by Yochai Bankler | Social Evolution | Scoop.it
The Unselfish Gene
by Yochai Benkler


Artwork: Geoffrey Cottenceau and Romain Rousset, Flamme, 2009
In 1976, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins wrote in …
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Penn Biologists Show That Generosity Leads to Evolutionary Success

Penn Biologists Show That Generosity Leads to Evolutionary Success | Social Evolution | Scoop.it
With new insights into the classical game theory match-up known as the �Prisoner�s D
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The Biology and Psychology of Ethical Behavior

Is morality culturally determined and relative, an evolved social contract that is absolute, or something else? In this session, we examine the biology of carin
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Stanford’s Altruism Research Is Funded by the Dalai Lama

Stanford’s Altruism Research Is Funded by the Dalai Lama | Social Evolution | Scoop.it
We can be healthier, live longer, and make the world a better place by exploring our potential for compassionate behavior, according to neurosurgeon James Doty, founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education,...
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