Outline 39 2008 Cooperation & conflict

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Lecture 39: COOPERATION AND CONFLICT Summary. Some animals live socially, seemingly in a harmonious state of cooperation with each other. Darwinian evolution predicts that animals should behave selfishly, so how do social systems evolve. First, we will discuss the difference between an explicitly “how” question versus “why” question about behavior. Then we will discuss several types of social behavior, and focus on cases of apparent altruism. We will discuss Hamilton’s rule, and show how it applies in some cases of social insects. Finally, we will discuss the use of Game Theory to understand the interactions of animals. Reading Assignment Campbell, N. A. and Reece, J. B. (2008). 8th edition, Chapter 51 (pp. 1133-1145). Objectives 1. To understand the distinction between “why” questions and “how” questions about animal behavior, and any other biological process. The study of animal societies has more to do with “why” questions.
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