The evolution of magnanimity

@article{Boone1998TheEO,
  title={The evolution of magnanimity},
  author={James L. Boone},
  journal={Human Nature},
  year={1998},
  volume={9},
  pages={1-21}
}
  • J. Boone
  • Published 1 March 1998
  • Psychology
  • Human Nature
Conspicuous consumption associated with status reinforcement behavior can be explained in terms of costly signaling, or strategic handicap theory, first articulated by Zahavi and later formalized by Grafen. A theory is introduced which suggests that the evolutionary raison d’être of status reinforcement behavior lies not only in its effects on lifetime reproductive success, but in its positive effects on the probability of survival through infrequent, unpredictable demographic bottlenecks… 
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