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The social instinct : how cooperation shaped the world / Nichola Raihani.

Author/creator Raihani, Nichola author.
Format Book and Print
EditionFirst U.S. edition.
Publication Info New York : St. Martin's Press, 2021.
Copyright Notice ©2021
Descriptionviii, 296 pages ; 25 cm
Variant title How cooperation shaped the world
Contents The making of you and me -- A cold shudder -- Inventing the individual -- The renegades within -- The family way -- Of moms (and dads) -- Workers and shirkers -- Welcome to the family -- Years of babbling -- Immortals -- Ascending the throne -- Widening the net -- The social dilemma -- An eye for an eye -- Peacocking -- The reputation tightrope -- A different kind of ape -- Facebook for chimps -- Mutiny -- Here be dragons -- Take back control -- Victims of cooperation.
Abstract "In the tradition of Richard Dawkins's The Selfish Gene, Nichola Raihani's The Social Instinct is a profound and engaging look at the hidden relationships underpinning human evolution, and why cooperation is key to our future survival. Cooperation is the means by which life arose in the first place. It's how we progressed through scale and complexity, from free-floating strands of genetic material, to nation states. But given what we know about the mechanisms of evolution, cooperation is also something of a puzzle. How does cooperation begin, when on a Darwinian level, all that the genes in your body care about is being passed on to the next generation? Why do meerkat colonies care for one another's children? Why do babbler birds in the Kalahari form colonies in which only a single pair breeds? And how come some coral wrasse fish actually punish each other for harming fish from another species? A biologist by training, Raihani looks at where and how collaborative behavior emerges throughout the animal kingdom, and what problems it solves. She reveals that the species that exhibit cooperative behavior-teaching, helping, grooming, and self-sacrifice-most similar to our own tend not to be other apes; they are birds, insects, and fish, occupying far more distant branches of the evolutionary tree. By understanding the problems they face, and how they cooperate to solve them, we can glimpse how human cooperation first evolved. And we can also understand what it is about the way we cooperate that has made humans so distinctive-and so successful"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
LCCN 2021020735
ISBN9781250262820 hardcover
ISBN1250262828 hardcover
ISBNelectronic book

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