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The Evolution of Cooperation by Robert Axelrod
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Aug 22, 08

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I grabbed this book while browsing in the BYU bookstore. It was located with the Computer Science textbooks. It provides an interesting explanation of Cooperation Theory. I think the following provides a great synopsis of the book: "We are used to thinking about competition in which there is only one winner, competitions such as football or chess. But the world is rarely like that. In the vast range of situations mutual cooperation can be better for both sides than mutual defection. The key to doing well lies not in overcoming others, but in eliciting their cooperation." (pg. 190)
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