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The Altruism Equation Seven Scientists Search for the Origins of Goodness by Lee Alan Dugatkin

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Published by Princeton University Press .
Written in English

Subjects:

  • Animal behaviour,
  • Evolution,
  • Popular science,
  • Social Psychology,
  • Life Sciences - Zoology - General,
  • Psychology,
  • Science,
  • Biological Sciences,
  • History of Science and Medicine, Philosophy of Science,
  • Psychology & Psychiatry / Social Psychology,
  • Life Sciences - Evolution,
  • Altruism,
  • Altruistic behavior in animals

Book details:

The Physical Object
FormatHardcover
Number of Pages224
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL7759161M
ISBN 100691125902
ISBN 109780691125909

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  It is a book about how scientists in the post-Darwinian world explain altruism or compassion, if you will. Costs, benefits, and kinship all play a part in this phenomenon. I am captivated by its omnipresence in the animal world. Don't let the word 'equation' scare you/5(5). Buy The Altruism Equation (): Seven Scientists Search for the Origins of Goodness: NHBS - Lee Alan Dugatkin, Princeton University Press.   The Altruism Equation is a splendid book."--David Livingstone Smith, Evolutionary Psychology "This is a tale not only about the majesty of science, but also about the hubris of scientism. One of the greatest projects of modernity is to explain to the public where science does and does not matter, and altruism is a valuable example."--Oren /5(56). In The Altruism Equation: Seven Scientists Search for the Origins of Goodness, Lee Alan Dugatkin, Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Louisville, gives an answer for the layman. Wading into scientific waters, but without ever submerging the reader, Dugatkin reports the highlights and main links of a largely unknown history.

" The Altruism Equation is an important book in many different ways. It is important because it tackles a significant problem—namely, the levels at which natural selection operates. It is important because it tells a history never before by:   The Altruism Equation is an important book in many different ways. It is important because it tackles a significant problem--namely, the levels at which natural selection operates. It is /5(3).   The book has a fairly self-explanatory title. The Altruism Equation of the title is Hamilton's rule - and there are seven scientists on the cover - namely Charles Darwin, Warder Clyde Allee, T.H. Huxley, William Hamilton, Petr Kropotkin, George Price and J.B.S. Haldane/5(9).   The Altruism Equation traces the history of this debate from Darwin to the present through an extraordinary cast of characters-from the Russian prince Petr Kropotkin, who wanted to base society on altruism, to the brilliant biologist George Price, who fell into poverty and succumbed to suicide as he obsessed over the problem.

The Altruism Equation is a splendid book. David Livingstone Smith, Evolutionary Psychology -- "Choice" Dugatkin tells the story with clear prose and poise. In doing so he celebrates the internal consistencies of science and the beauty of clear s: 3. Price's equation features in the plot and title of the thriller film WΔZ. The Price equation also features in posters in the computer game BioShock 2, in which a consumer of a "Brain Boost" tonic is seen deriving the Price equation while simultaneously reading a book. The game is set in the s, substantially before Price's work. The book has a fairly self-explanatory title. The Altruism Equation of the title is Hamilton's rule - and there are seven scientists on the cover - namely Charles Darwin, Warder Clyde Allee, T.H. Huxley, William Hamilton, Petr Kropotkin, George Price and J.B.S. Haldane/5(9). The Altruism Equation traces the history of this debate from Darwin to the present through an extraordinary cast of characters-from the Russian prince Petr Kropotkin, who wanted to base society on altruism, to the brilliant biologist George Price, who fell into poverty and succumbed to suicide as he obsessed over the problem. In a final /5.