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The Survival Game: How Game Theory Explains…

The Survival Game: How Game Theory Explains the Biology of Cooperation and… (2003)

by David P. Barash

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"It is not a question only of simple games but... the foundation is being laid for interesting and deep speculations."
--Christian Huygens (1629-1695),
Dutch mathematician,
physicist, and astronomer
"Any event... may be regarded as a game of strategy, if one looks at the effect it has on the participants."
--John von Neumann (1903-1957),
Hungarian-born American mathematician
and one of the founders of game theory
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The Games We All Play:
What They Are, Why They Matter
In Molière's play Le Bourgeoos Gentilhomme, Monsieur Jourdain is astonished to learn that all of his life, without knowing it, he has been speaking prose.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 080507175X, Hardcover)

From a zoologist and psychologist, an astonishing look at the biological and strategic roots of human decisions

Humans, like bacteria, woodchucks, chimpanzees, and other animals, compete or cooperate in order to get food, shelter, territory, and other resources to survive. But how do they decide whether to muscle out or team up with the competition?

In The Survival Game, David P. Barash synthesizes the newest ideas from psychology, economics, and biology to explore and explain the roots of human strategy. Drawing on game theory-the study of how individuals make decisions-he explores the give-and-take of spouses in determining an evening's plans, the behavior of investors in a market bubble, and the maneuvers of generals on a battlefield alongside the mating and fighting strategies of "less rational" animals. Ultimately, Barash's lively and clear examples shed light on what makes our decisions human, and what we can glean from game theory and the natural world as we negotiate and compete every day.

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