The Survival Game; How Game Theory Explains the Biology of Cooperation and Competition

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Trade Book
  • Copyright: 2003-12-02
  • Publisher: Times Books

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Humans, like bacteria, woodchucks, chimpanzees, and other animals, compete or cooperate to get food, shelter, territory, and other resources. But how do we decide whether to muscle out or team up with the competition?

Author Biography

David P. Barash is a professor of psychology at the University of Washington.

Table of Contents

The Games We All Play: What They Are, Why They Matterp. 1
What's the Big Idea?
Sartre's Dictum
Isn't It All Too Machiavellian?
The Regrettable Reality of Conflict
What It'll Tell Us and What It Won't
Duels, Truels, and Rules
Mastering the Matrixp. 35
Coordination Games
Pascal's Wager
Simple Strategies
Follow the Leader?
Guessing Games
The Battle of the Bismarck Sea
Prisoner's Dilemma and the Problem of Cooperationp. 67
The Classic Formulation
A Few Examples
Forward Thinking and Backward Induction
Other Ways Out?
Axelrod's Tournament and Rapoport's TIT FOR TAT
The Live-and-Let-Live System During World War I
Future Tripping
Prisoner's Dilemma as Rorschach Test
Zero-Sum Jealousy
Social Dilemmas: Personal Gain Versus Public Goodp. 121
Some Examples
Social Dilemmas and the Social Contract
The Free-Rider Problem
The Tragedy of the Commons
Rousseau's Stag Hunt
A Bit of Psychology: Groups and Grouches
Some More Psychology: Lifeboats, Loners, and Losers
Games of Chickenp. 165
The Classic Case
Some Examples: Chickens, One to One
Madmen, Steering Wheels, and Other Ploys
Ultimatum Games
Social Chickens
War and Peace
The Conscious Chicken
Animal Anticsp. 201
Snaggle-Mouths, Side-Blotches, and Stability
Social Dilemmas Among Natural Groups
Hawks and Doves
Bullies, Bourgeois, and Other Complications
Dads, Cads, Coys, and Sluts
Different Ways of Being a Male
Thoughts from the Undergroundp. 245
On Being Reasonable
On Being Unreasonable
Stubborn Unreasonableness
Predictable Unreasonableness
Understandable Unreasonableness
A Troublesome Fallacy
"Logical" Vicious Circles
Pas Trop de Zele
Notesp. 279
Acknowledgmentsp. 289
Indexp. 291
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