Blank Page; Blank Page; Chapter 1 Introduction; Chapter 2 The riddle of altruism; Chapter 3 The generalized theory of evolutionas theoretical framework; Chapter 4 Modeling the evolution of altruism; Chapter 5 Empirical research on the evolutionof altruism; Chapter 6 Learning from failure; Chapter 7 Summary and final reflections; Chapter 8 Appendices; Bibliography.
Employing computer simulations for the study of the evolution of altruism has been popular since Axelrod's book "The Evolution of Cooperation". But have the myriads of simulation studies that followed in Axelrod's footsteps really increased our knowledge about the evolution of altruism or cooperation? This book examines in detail the working mechanisms of simulation based evolutionary explanations of altruism. It shows that the "theoretical insights" that can be derived from simulation studies are often quite arbitrary and of little use for the empirical research.
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