Study Reveals Why We Trust Some Strangers and Not Others
Researchers probe how we make an initial judgment on whether to trust or cooperate with others.
AI Is Better at Compromise Than Humans, Finds New Study
Some researchers have been testing the ability of artificial intelligence to not just compete with humanity, but also to collaborate.
Unlike Humans, Bonobos Shun Helpers and Befriend the Bullies
Given a choice, bonobos tend to prefer people who act like jerks and dominate. That’s very different than humans, who even as infants consistently prefer people who are cooperative and not mean.
The Desirability of Storytellers
Among Filipino hunter-gatherers, storytelling is valued more than any other skill, and the best storytellers have the most children.
Why Are Humans Violent?
From fights over a parking space, to marauding bands of outlaws, to global conflicts, we seem to be a violent species. What lies behind these episodes of violence?
Five Ways Music Can Make You a Better Person
Can listening to music change your behavior for the better?
Why It Pays to Cooperate With Your Enemies
Rural villagers from the country of Georgia played a series of experimental games to suss out cooperative feelings toward fellow villagers and ethnically diverse neighbors.
Global Cooperation Depends on the Strength of Local Connections
Institutions that encourage fewer, stronger connections might have a better shot at getting individuals to work together for their common good.
Less Unique Than We Think
The idea that humans are special bumps up against Darwin’s great insight: the continuity of all life. David Barash reviews The Creative Spark by Agustín Fuentes and Darwin’s Unfinished Symphony by Kevin N. Laland.
The Wall Street Journal
Supernatural Punishment and the Evolution of Cooperation
The key question the supernatural punishment hypothesis tries to answer is this: how could reliable human cooperation have evolved, since there’s always an incentive for individuals to cheat — that is, to benefit from others’ cooperation without cooperating in return?
Science on Religion
True Altruism Seen in Chimpanzees, Giving Clues to Evolution of Human Cooperation
Two studies show chimps helping out even those who aren’t related to them.
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