Two key steps in the evolution of human cooperation: the interdependence hypothesis

@inproceedings{Wyman2012TwoKS,
  title={Two key steps in the evolution of human cooperation: the interdependence hypothesis},
  author={Elizabeth A. Wyman and Michael Tomasello and Alicia P. Melis and C Tennie and Evelyn Herrmann},
  year={2012}
}
Modern theories of the evolution of human cooperation focus mainly on altruism. In contrast, we propose that humans’ species-unique forms of cooperation—as well as their species-unique forms of cognition, communication, and social life—all derive from mutualistic collaboration (with social selection against cheaters). In a first step, humans became obligate collaborative foragers such that individuals were interdependent with one another and so had a direct interest in the well-being of their… CONTINUE READING

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