Evolution, Games, and God

The Principle of Cooperation
Harvard University Press
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  • erschienen am 6. Juni 2013
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  • 360 Seiten
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Evolution, Games, and God explores how cooperation and altruism, alongside mutation and natural selection, play a critical role in evolution, from microbes to human societies. Inheriting a tendency to cooperate and self-sacrifice on behalf of others may be as beneficial to a population’,s survival as the self-preserving instincts of individuals.
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Martin A. Nowak is Director of the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics and Professor of Mathematics and Biology at Harvard University. Sarah Coakley is Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity and Deputy Chair of Arts and Humanities at the University of Cambridge. Heather D. Curtis is Associate Professor of Religion at Tufts University. Dominic Johnson is a fellow in the Society of Fellows at Princeton University. Stephen M. Kosslyn is John Lindsley Professor of Psychology in Memory of William James, Emeritus, Harvard University, and Director, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.
  • Intro
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • Introduction: Why Cooperation Makes a Difference - Sarah Coakley and Martin A. Nowak
  • I. Evolutionary Cooperation in Historical Perspective
  • 1. "Ready to Aid One Another" Darwin on Nature, God, and Cooperation - John Hedley Brooke
  • 2. Altruism Morals from History - Thomas Dixon
  • 3. Evolution and "Cooperation" in Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth-Century America Science, Theology, and the Social Gospel - Heather D. Curtis
  • II. Mathematics, Game Theory, and Evolutionary Biology: The Evolutionary Phenomenon of Cooperation
  • 4. Five Rules for the Evolution of Cooperation - Martin A. Nowak
  • 5. Mathematical Models of Cooperation - Christoph Hauert
  • 6. Economics and Evolution Complementary Perspectives on Cooperation - Johan Almenberg and Anna Dreber
  • III. Psychology, Neuroscience, and Intentionality in the Cultural Evolution of Cooperation
  • 7. Social Prosthetic Systems and Human Motivation One Reason Why Cooperation Is Fundamentally Human - Stephen M. Kosslyn
  • 8. The Uniqueness of Human Cooperation Cognition, Cooperation, and Religion - Dominic D. P. Johnson
  • 9. Self-Denial and Its Discontents Toward Clarification of the Intrapersonal Conflict between "Selfishness" and "Altruism" - Maurice Lee
  • IV. Philosophy of Biology and Philosophy of Mind: Adjudicating the Significance of Evolutionary Cooperation
  • 10. Unpredicted Outcomes in the Games of Life - Jeffrey P. Schloss
  • 11. What Can Game Theory Tell Us about Humans? - Justin C. Fisher
  • 12. How Not to Fight about Cooperation - Ned Hall
  • V. Cooperation, Ethics, and Metaethics
  • 13. The Moral Organ A Prophylaxis against the Whims of Culture - Marc D. Hauser
  • 14. A New Case for Kantianism Evolution, Cooperation, and Deontological Claims in Human Society - Friedrich Lohmann
  • 15. Nature, Normative Grammars, and Moral Judgments - Jean Porter
  • 16. The Christian Love Ethic and Evolutionary "Cooperation" The Lessons and Limits of Eudaimonism and Game Theory - Timothy P. Jackson
  • VI. Cooperation, Metaphysics, and God
  • 17. Altruism, Normalcy, and God - Alexander Pruss
  • 18. Evolution, Altruism, and God Why the Levels of Emergent Complexity Matter - Philip Clayton
  • 19. The Problem of Evil and Cooperation - Michael Rota
  • 20. Evolution, Cooperation, and Divine Providence - Sarah Coakley
  • List of Contributors
  • Index
Martin Nowak is undeniably a great artist, working in the medium of mathematical biology.--Sean Nee"Nature" (11/01/2006) A good entry point into the controversial subject of the adequacy of biological explanations of human behavior.--A. C. Love"Choice" (11/01/2013) "Evolution, Games, and God" is perhaps science and religion at its best: going further than the somewhat stale debate about whether such a discussion is possible by plunging into a specific topic that is in itself changing rapidly and at the cutting edge of scientific analysis. It also brings in, rather more extensively than some volumes, a philosophical perspective that chastens scientific and theological reflection, without compromising the insights that are possible in both fields of study.--Celia Deane-Drummond, Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame I have been anticipating this book for years and it has exceeded my high expectations. Nowak and Coakley combine the courage of applying a specific evolutionary theory to altruism with the prudence of recruiting sharp minds to explore and challenge their own thesis. The result is essential reading for anyone interested in carefully bringing science into conversation with moral and theological phenomena while avoiding the pitfalls of reductionism.--Ariel Glucklich, Professor of Theology, Georgetown University What makes "Evolution, Games, and God" so interesting and valuable is that the essays collected here, in addition to providing readable introductions to and discussions of the role of game theory in evolutionary explanation, also provide information and/or considerations relevant to the larger question of whether science is now at the point of providing an exclusively naturalist, and even physicalist, explanation of human tendencies that formerly seemed to require the realities of God and soul. The essays deal in an informed and sophisticated way with this and other related questions, and they do so without the venom that characterizes so many other popular treatments of the question of science, faith and morality.--John F. Haught, Ph.D., Senior Fellow in Science and Religion, Georgetown University The book is almost heroically interdisciplinary, touching on everything from brain science, meerkats and slime molds to experimental economics and the theological concept of kenosis (or divine 'self-emptying').
--Matthew Reisz"Times Higher Education" (08/08/2013)

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