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Be nice. Evolution will punish you if you’re mean and selfish, says study
08-03-2013, 01:32 PM #1
Octo Mother Superior
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Selfish people have short-term advantage, but co-operation and communication win out in the long term

New research has challenged the notion that evolution favours self-interest above co-operation, suggesting instead that selfish individuals eventually ‘compete each other out of existence’.

The study, published in the journal Nature, used models of evolutionary game theory (EGT) to show how co-operative populations are more successful than selfish ones in the long run.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/scienc...44009.html

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08-03-2013, 02:18 PM #2
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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hug.gif Hej Octo

One would hope self interest eventually feeds on itself cheers.gif
08-03-2013, 02:23 PM #3
Octo Mother Superior
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Good morning Shadow. hug.gif How are you, little emu? chuckle.gif

Made me think of this little story:

In a study appearing today in the journal PloS Biology (online at http://www.plosbiology.org), researchers describe the drastic temperamental and tonal shift that occurred in a troop of 62 baboons when its most belligerent members vanished from the scene. The victims were all dominant adult males that had been strong and snarly enough to fight with a neighboring baboon troop over the spoils at a tourist lodge garbage dump, and were exposed there to meat tainted with bovine tuberculosis, which soon killed them. Left behind in the troop, designated the Forest Troop, were the 50 percent of males that had been too subordinate to try dump brawling, as well as all the females and their young. With that change in demographics came a cultural swing toward pacifism, a relaxing of the usually parlous baboon hierarchy, and a willingness to use affection and mutual grooming rather than threats, swipes and bites to foster a patriotic spirit.

Remarkably, the Forest Troop has maintained its genial style over two decades, even though the male survivors of the epidemic have since died or disappeared and been replaced by males from the outside. (As is the case for most primates, baboon females spend their lives in their natal home, while the males leave at puberty to seek their fortunes elsewhere.) The persistence of communal comity suggests that the resident baboons must somehow be instructing the immigrants in the unusual customs of the tribe.

http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers...esday.html

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08-03-2013, 02:40 PM #4
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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chuckle.gif that was a funny story lol.gif

Emutionally intelligent, self confident, males don't need to be aggressive and abusive. It's the weak insecure ones that reinforce status that way. Not just males, but females too. When I had horses, it was the quiet gentle male that was the undisputed boss even though he wasn't first to the grain bucket. So if a society hasn't got the stability of a secure communal serving leader, the entire social structure is collapsed.
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08-04-2013, 10:35 AM #5
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(08-03-2013, 01:32 PM)Octo Wrote:  Selfish people have short-term advantage, but co-operation and communication win out in the long term

New research has challenged the notion that evolution favours self-interest above co-operation, suggesting instead that selfish individuals eventually ‘compete each other out of existence’.

The study, published in the journal Nature, used models of evolutionary game theory (EGT) to show how co-operative populations are more successful than selfish ones in the long run.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/scienc...44009.html

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The assumption being that those that "co-operate and communicate" can and will replicate? That's a bad assumption.
08-04-2013, 11:44 AM #6
Octo Mother Superior
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You think so?

If they don't want to or can't replicate they will cease to exist and will not be part of the evolution, as this study was about.



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