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Explaining Altruism [electronic resource]: A Simulation-Based Approach and Its Limits

Arnold, Eckhart; Ebook Central - Academic Complete
Format
EBook; Book; Online
Published
Heusenstamon : Ontos Verlag Feb. 2009 Edison : Transaction Publishers [Distributor]
Language
English
ISBN
9783868380071, 3868380078 (Trade Cloth)
Target Audience
Scholarly & Professional
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    a| Annotation b| Employing computer simulations to study the evolution of altruism has been popular since Axelrodas The Evolution of Cooperation. But have the myriads of simulation studies that followed in Axelrodas footsteps really increased our knowledge about the evolution of altruism or cooperation? This book examines in detail the working mechanisms of simulation-based evolutionary explanations of altruism. It shows that the theoretical insights derived from simulation studies are often quite arbitrary and of little use for empirical research. In the final chapter, a set of epistemological requirements for computer simulations is proposed with recommendations for the proper research design of simulation studies.
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