Cooperation through the endogenous evolution of social structure

David Hales, Shade Shutters

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A number of recent models demonstrate sustained and high levels of cooperation within evolutionary systems supported by the endogenous evolution of social structure. These dynamic social structures co-evolve, under certain conditions, to support a form of group selection in which highly cooperative groups replace less cooperative groups. A necessary condition is that agents are free to move between groups and can create new groups more quickly than existing groups become invaded by defecting agents who do not cooperate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComplex Sciences - 2nd International Conference, COMPLEX 2012, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsKristin Glass, Richard Colbaugh, Jeffrey Tsao, Paul Ormerod
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9783319034720
StatePublished - 2013
Event2nd International Conference on Complex Sciences, COMPLEX 2012 - Santa Fe, United States
Duration: Dec 5 2012Dec 7 2012

Publication series

NameLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, LNICST
Volume126 LNICST
ISSN (Print)1867-8211


Other2nd International Conference on Complex Sciences, COMPLEX 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySanta Fe


  • Agents
  • Cultural evolution
  • Evolution of cooperative
  • Group selection
  • Prisoner’s dilemma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications

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