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The Evolution of Cooperation (1984)

by Robert Axelrod

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This widely praised and much-discussed book explores how cooperation can emerge in a world of self-seeking egoists--whether superpowers, businesses, or individuals--when there is no central authority to police their actions.
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Seminal on iterated Prisoner's Dilemma and Tit For Tat. ( )
  nicdevera | Oct 1, 2020 |
An interesting evaluation of why we do/should make certain choices at certain times with respect to repeated interactions with those who have opposing interests. Especially apropos in the time of Trump. ( )
  helver | Sep 21, 2017 |
This widely praised and much-discussed book explores how cooperation can emerge in a world of self-seeking egoists—whether superpowers, businesses, or individuals—when there is no central authority to police their actions.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:14:06 -0400) ( )
  GRUResourceLibrary | Oct 10, 2016 |
I read this while I was in rehab from a motorcycle accident; and even under the influence of painkillers & other meds I found it understandable. Fascinating. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
theoretically just on the cooperation side of game theory, as Dixon's "Our Own Worst Enemy" (http://www.librarything.com/work/2441546/book/99872734), it is well beyond that

contains interesting remarks on WWI (yes, akin to the "pipes of peace" episode) that clearly show how attrition (where the end is nowhere in sight, as seen from the ground, and its seems more of the same) can and does influence competitive behavior and turns it into a potentially a kind of "collusive by consensus" environment

useful lessons for both business and politics (and wannabe social reformers)

maybe to be complemented by "The Starfish and the Spider" (http://www.librarything.com/work/1496794/book/82389992), "Barbarians to Bureaucrats" (http://www.librarything.com/work/1138710/book/79826297), and, if you speak Italian and are interested in an analysis on how an institutional reform can evolve across decades, and how a centuries old cultural environment can influence your best last strategies, "Allegro ma non troppo" (http://www.librarything.com/work/806842/book/79486621) and "Making Democracy Work" (http://www.librarything.com/work/69269/book/110907194) ( )
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This project began with a simple question: When should a person cooperate,and when should a person be selfish, in an ongoing interaction with another person.
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