In For Whose Benefit?: The Biological and Cultural Evolution of Human Cooperation, Patrik Lindenfors an associate professor of zoological ecology at Centre for the study of Cultural Evolution, Stockholm University, poses the question of for whose benefit we cooperate with each other, and throughout the book tries to find an answer.
The book starts with attempts at finding a definition for cooperation, and to do so, the author looks into possible types of cooperation even among molecules, cooperating in forming more s table thermodynamically binds (Chapter 1). In this fashion, Lindenfors considers cooperation as the “collective functioning of some kind of units for the benefit of themselves and/or their component parts” (p. 5). Using examples and anecdotes, he demonstrates the existence of cooperation at all levels,…
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Pazhoohi, F. & Arantes, J. (2018). For Whose Benefit? The Biological and Cultural Evolution of Human Cooperation. Evolutionary Psychological Science : https://doi.org/10.1007/s40806-018-0138-8