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Author Arthur M. Sackler Colloquium of the National Academy of Sciences In the Light of Evolution V: Cooperation and Conflict (2011 : Irvine, Calif.)

Title In the light of evolution. Volume V, Cooperation and conflict / Joan E. Strassmann, David C. Queller, John C. Avise, and Francisco J. Ayala, editors ; National Academy of Sciences, the National Academies
Published Washington, DC : National Academies Press, [2012]
©2012
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 450 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Series Sackler Colloquium series
Arthur M. Sackler Colloquia of the National Academy of Sciences. Sackler Colloquium series.
Contents The fundamentals of evolutionary cooperation -- Expanded social fitness and Hamilton's rule for kin, kith, and kind -- Evolutionary transitions in bacterial symbiosis -- Kinship, greenbeards, and runaway social selection in the evolution of social insect cooperation -- Spatiotemporal environmental variation, risk aversion, and the evolution of cooperative breeding as a bet-hedging strategy -- Cooperation writ small: microbes -- Endemic social diversity within natural kin groups of a cooperative bacterium -- Evolution of restraint in a structured rockpaperscissors community -- Social evolution in multispecies biofilms -- Real selfish genes -- Molecular evolutionary analyses of insect societies -- Evolution of cooperation and control of cheating in a social microbe -- Selfish genetic elements, genetic conflict, and evolutionary innovation -- Sociality and medicine -- The evolution of drug resistance and the curious orthodoxy of aggressive chemotherapy -- Genomic imprinting and the evolutionary psychology of human kinship -- Pathology from evolutionary conflict, with a theory of X chromosome versus autosome conflict over sexually antagonistic traits -- Are humans different? -- Cooperation and competition in a cliff-dwelling people -- Extent and limits of cooperation in animals -- Evolutionary foundations of human prosocial sentiments -- The cultural niche: why social learning is essential for human adaptation
Summary "This book is the outgrowth of the Arthur M. Sackler Colloquium "Cooperation and Conflict," which was sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences on January 7-8, 2011, at the Academy's Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center in Irvine, California. It is the fifth in a series of colloquia under the general title "In the Light of Evolution." The current volume explores recent developments in the study of cooperation and conflict, ranging from the level of the gene to societies and symbioses. Humans can be vicious, but paradoxically we are also among nature's great cooperators. Even our great conflicts-wars-are extremely cooperative endeavors on each side. Some of this cooperation is best understood culturally, but we are also products of evolution, with bodies, brains, and behaviors molded by natural selection. How cooperation evolves has been one of the big questions in evolutionary biology, and how it pays or does not pay is a great intellectual puzzle. The puzzle of cooperation was the dominant theme of research in the early years of Darwin's research, whereas recent work has emphasized its importance and ubiquity. Far from being a rare trait shown by social insects and a few others, cooperation is both widespread taxonomically and essential to life. The depth of research on cooperation and conflict has increased greatly, most notably in the direction of small organisms. Although most of In the Light of Evolution V: Cooperation and Conflict is about the new topics that are being treated as part of social evolution, such as genes, microbes, and medicine, the old fundamental subjects still matter and remain the object of vigorous research. The first four chapters revisit some of these standard arenas, including social insects, cooperatively breeding birds, mutualisms, and how to model social evolution."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 383-436) and index
Subject Evolution (Biology) -- Congresses.
Human evolution -- Congresses.
Adaptation, Biological.
Biological Evolution.
Competitive Behavior.
Cooperative Behavior.
Genre/Form Congress.
Conference papers and proceedings.
Conference papers and proceedings.
Form Electronic book
Author Avise, John C., editor
Ayala, Francisco José, 1934- editor
Queller, David C., editor
Strassmann, Joan, editor
National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)
ISBN 0309218373 (electronic bk.)
9780309218375 (electronic bk.)
(v. 5)
(v. 5)
Other Titles Cooperation and conflict
In the light of evolution 5
In the light of evolution five