Group selection and human prosociality

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Abstract:

Are humans genetically predisposed to exhibit prosocial behaviours? Elliott Sober and David Sloan Wilson have made major contributions to our understanding of this question. In my remarks here I will propose a revision in their definition of altruism, suggest a broader term, ‘prosociality', to account for cooperation in humans, and present evidence for a particular set of human prosocial traits that likely evolved with our species and may account for our unique ability to maintain intricate cooperative networks not based on ties of kinship.

Document Type: Review Article

Affiliations: Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003, USA.

Publication date: January 1, 2000

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