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Group selection and human prosociality

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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.
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Document Type: Review Article

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

Publication date: 2000-01-01

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