By Martin Nowak, Roger Highfield
everyone seems to be conversant in Darwin's principles in regards to the survival of the fittest yet Darwin's conception has one significant chink: if in simple terms the fittest continue to exist, then why may we probability our personal existence to save lots of a stranger?
a few humans argue that concerns corresponding to charity, equity, forgiveness and cooperation are evolutionary unfastened ends. yet as Harvard's celebrated evolutionary biologist Martin Nowak explains during this groundbreaking and debatable ebook, cooperation is important to the four-billion-year-old puzzle of life.
Cooperation is key to how molecules within the primordial soup crossed the watershed that separates useless chemistry from biochemistry.
With wit and readability, Martin Nowak and the bestselling technology author Roger Highfield make the case that cooperation, no longer festival, is the defining human trait. SuperCooperators will clarify our figuring out of evolution and human behaviour, and impress debate for years to come.
'Groundbreaking...SuperCooperators is a component autobiography, half textbook, and reads like a best-selling novel.' Nature
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