The evolution of forgiveness

  title={The evolution of forgiveness},
  author={H. Charles J. Godfray},

Formalising Trust as a Computational Concept

The thesis presents a testbed populated by simple trusting agents which substantiates the utility of the formalism and provides a step in the direction of a proper understanding and definition of human trust.

The role of autoshaping in cooperative two-player games between starlings.

The purpose is to investigate some possible mechanisms for the maintenance of cooperation by reciprocity and to investigate the process of autoshaping at a trial-by-trial level, which violates the predictions of several game-theoretical models for the evolution of cooperation, including tit for tat, generous tit for tit, and the superior win-stay-lose-shift.

Morality as Cooperation: A Problem-Centred Approach

What is morality, where does it come from, and how does it work? Scholars have struggled with these questions for millennia. But we now have a scientific answer. The theory of ‘morality as

A Simulation of Rule-Breaking Behavior in Public Places

A computer simulation based on both game theory and the cellular automaton model was conducted to investigate the effects of individuals’ interactions and certain conditions on the spread of

How Political Science Can Enrich Other Disciplines

It’s a great honor being here today. And I appreciate the chance to speak at this very distinguished lecture series in honor of Johann Skytte. I understand that when Johann Skytte donated the world’s

A Function of Forgiveness

Over the past two decades, researchers have described many facets of forgiveness. Presently, we explore the mood regulatory properties of forgiveness. The mental and physical health benefits



The evolution of stochastic strategies in the Prisoner's Dilemma

The evolution of reactive strategies for repeated 2×2-games occurring in biology is investigated by means of an adaptive dynamics.

Oscillations in the evolution of reciprocity.

Tit for tat in heterogeneous populations

It is found that a small fraction of TFT players is essential for the emergence of reciprocation in a heterogeneous population, but only paves the way for a more generous strategy.

More evolution of cooperation

Reciprocal food sharing in the vampire bat

It is shown that food sharing by regurgitation of blood among wild vampire bats (Desmodus rotundus) depends equally and independently on degree of relatedness and an index of opportunity for recipro cation.

The Evolution of Reciprocal Altruism

  • R. Trivers
  • Psychology
    The Quarterly Review of Biology
  • 1971
A model is presented to account for the natural selection of what is termed reciprocally altruistic behavior. The model shows how selection can operate against the cheater (non-reciprocator) in the

The evolution of cooperation.

A model is developed based on the concept of an evolutionarily stable strategy in the context of the Prisoner's Dilemma game to show how cooperation based on reciprocity can get started in an asocial world, can thrive while interacting with a wide range of other strategies, and can resist invasion once fully established.