[SydPhil] Notification: Rachael Brown @ Thu 26 Mar 2015 15:00 - 16:30 (Current Projects)

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Title: Rachael Brown
"Generating benefit: Social learning and the other cooperation problem"

To-date, discussions of the role of culture and social learning in the  
evolution of cooperation have been largely limited to the human case. Until  
recently, the gene-centric focus of the animal cooperation literature has  
been empirically justifiable, there being little strong evidence of an  
important role for behavioural cultures or traditions outside the hominid  
lineage. In the last few decades, however, evidence of the power of quite  
simple and widespread forms of social learning, and of the importance of  
social learning as a route of inheritance amongst a variety of animal  
species, has come to light. Given such evidence it is appropriate that we  
now should explore the role that that cultures and traditions play in the  
evolution of cooperation right across the Animal Kingdom, not just in human  
populations. This paper explores one aspect of this new avenue of research.  
In particular, it considers the light that social learning can cast on the  
problem of the "generation of benefit" in the evolution of cooperation.
When: Thu 26 Mar 2015 15:00 - 16:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Where: Muniment Room, USyd
Calendar: Current Projects
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