Complex Sciences. Second International Conference, COMPLEX 2012, Santa Fe, NM, USA, December 5-7, 2012, Revised Selected Papers

Research Article

Cooperation through the Endogenous Evolution of Social Structure

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-319-03473-7_10,
        author={David Hales and Shade Shutters},
        title={Cooperation through the Endogenous Evolution of Social Structure},
        proceedings={Complex Sciences. Second International Conference, COMPLEX 2012, Santa Fe, NM, USA, December 5-7, 2012, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={COMPLEX},
        year={2013},
        month={11},
        keywords={evolution of cooperative agents group selection prisoner’s dilemma cultural evolution},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-319-03473-7_10}
    }
    
  • David Hales
    Shade Shutters
    Year: 2013
    Cooperation through the Endogenous Evolution of Social Structure
    COMPLEX
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-03473-7_10
David Hales1,*, Shade Shutters2,*
  • 1: The Open University
  • 2: Arizona State University
*Contact email: dave@davidhales.com, sshutte@asu.edu

Abstract

A number of recent models demonstrate sustained and high levels of cooperation within evolutionary systems supported by the endogenous evolution of social structure. These dynamic social structures co-evolve, under certain conditions, to support a form of group selection in which highly cooperative groups replace less cooperative groups. A necessary condition is that agents are free to move between groups and can create new groups more quickly than existing groups become invaded by defecting agents who do not cooperate.