Altruistic behaviour: the fallacy of kin deployment

@article{Altmann1979AltruisticBT,
  title={Altruistic behaviour: the fallacy of kin deployment},
  author={Stuart A. Altmann},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1979},
  volume={27},
  pages={958-959}
}
How should an individual distribute its altruistic activities among the members of its social group if it can choose among them on the basis of kin-correlated attributes? The answer usually given is that in order to maximize inclusive fitness, an individual should deploy its altruistic behaviour among other individuals in proportion to their coefficients of relatedness to the altruist, doing the most for its closest relatives and progressively less for those more distantly related. For example… CONTINUE READING

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