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    Evolution, Games, and God: The Principle of Cooperation (Hardback) Edited by Martin A. Nowak, Edited by Sarah Coakley, Contributions by Johan Almenberg, Contributions by John Hedley Brooke, Contributions by Philip Clayton, Contributions by Heather D. Curtis, Contributions by Thomas Dixon, Contributions by Anna Dreber, Contributions by Justin C. Fisher, Contributions by Ned Hall

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    DescriptionAccording to the reigning competition-driven model of evolution, selfish behaviors that maximize an organism's reproductive potential offer a fitness advantage over self-sacrificing behaviors--rendering unselfish behavior for the sake of others a mystery that requires extra explanation. Evolution, Games, and God addresses this conundrum by exploring how cooperation, working alongside mutation and natural selection, plays a critical role in populations from microbes to human societies. Inheriting a tendency to cooperate, argue the contributors to this book, may be as beneficial as the self-preserving instincts usually thought to be decisive in evolutionary dynamics. Assembling experts in mathematical biology, history of science, psychology, philosophy, and theology, Martin Nowak and Sarah Coakley take an interdisciplinary approach to the terms "cooperation" and "altruism." Using game theory, the authors elucidate mechanisms by which cooperation--a form of working together in which one individual benefits at the cost of another--arises through natural selection. They then examine altruism--cooperation which includes the sometimes conscious choice to act sacrificially for the collective good--as a key concept in scientific attempts to explain the origins of morality. Discoveries in cooperation go beyond the spread of genes in a population to include the spread of cultural transformations such as languages, ethics, and religious systems of meaning. The authors resist the presumption that theology and evolutionary theory are inevitably at odds. Rather, in rationally presenting a number of theological interpretations of the phenomena of cooperation and altruism, they find evolutionary explanation and theology to be strongly compatible.


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    Title
    Evolution, Games, and God
    Subtitle
    The Principle of Cooperation
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Martin A. Nowak, Edited by Sarah Coakley, Contributions by Johan Almenberg, Contributions by John Hedley Brooke, Contributions by Philip Clayton, Contributions by Heather D. Curtis, Contributions by Thomas Dixon, Contributions by Anna Dreber, Contributions by Justin C. Fisher, Contributions by Ned Hall
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 360
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 748 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780674047976
    ISBN 10: 0674047974
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    BIC subject category V2: PDX
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HRLB, PSAJ, PDA
    BISAC V2.8: SCI075000
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16100
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 02
    Libri: I-RK
    DC22: 576.8
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
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    Ingram Subject Code: RK
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BIC subject category V2: HRAM3
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    BISAC V2.8: REL102000
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    BISAC V2.8: REL106000
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    DC23: 576.8
    LC classification: QH360.5 .E965 2013
    Illustrations note
    14 halftones, 1 line illustration, 2 tables
    Publisher
    HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    07 May 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass
    Author Information
    Martin A. Nowak is Director of the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics and Professor of Mathematics and Biology at Harvard University. Sarah Coakley is Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity and Deputy Chair of Arts and Humanities at the University of Cambridge. Heather D. Curtis is Associate Professor of Religion at Tufts University. Dominic Johnson is a fellow in the Society of Fellows at Princeton University. Stephen M. Kosslyn is John Lindsley Professor of Psychology in Memory of William James, Emeritus, Harvard University, and Director, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.
    Review quote
    Martin Nowak is undeniably a great artist, working in the medium of mathematical biology. -- Sean Nee Nature 20061101