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On the Origin of Fairness and Cooperation

In The Origins of Fairness, which reminds us of the title of Darwin’s seminal work, Nicolas Baumard, a research scholar in the Department of Cognitive Sciences at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, articulates a compelling and convincing thesis that morality is based on an evolved moral sense, and this innate and universal sense of morality is based on mutualistic logic, “the attempt to make the interaction mutually respectful of the interests of all” (p. 109). In other words, throughout the book Baumard argues that the moral sense, as the impartial consideration of each person’s interest, is produced by selective pressures. Read the rest of review here.


Pazhoohi, F. (2018). On the Origin of Fairness and Cooperation. Human Ethology Bulletin, 33(1), 49-52


For Whose Benefit? The Biological and Cultural Evolution of Human Cooperation

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.

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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,… Read the rest here.

ResearchBlogging.orgPazhoohi, F. & Arantes, J. (2018). For Whose Benefit? The Biological and Cultural Evolution of Human Cooperation. Evolutionary Psychological Science :