Tuesday, 13 March 2012

The Social Evolution Forum

For those who have yet to encounter it, the Social Evolution Forum is a relatively new blog which discusses the evolution of society and culture. It seems to be administered by Peter Turchin and David Sloane Wilson. Those are two major group selection enthusiasts.

Peter Turchin's latest post there enquires after the alternatives to group selection - challenging visitors to explain deaths on behalf of unrelated strangers during warfare - if the humans (or their memes) are not acting "for the good of the group".

I attempt to keep the discussion straight in the comments there.

Peter Turchin's post Cooperation in Humans: Is It Really ‘Strong Reciprocity’? is another area where I attempt to straighten things out in the comments.

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