There are obvious benefits to helping one another and working together. However, in a world of altruists, those that free ride can reap the benefit without paying the cost. How can cooperation emerge in a population? Once present, how can it be maintained? This unit tackles these questions and also introduces the logic of evolutionary modeling.
This project was supported by Grant #61105 from the John Templeton Foundation to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (PIs: S. Gavrilets and P. J. Richerson) with assistance from the Center for the Dynamics of Social Complexity and the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
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