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Altruism, the Prisoner's Dilemma, and the Components of Selection
2001 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics (2001)
  • Jeffrey Alan Fletcher, Portland State University
Abstract

The n-player prisoner's dilemma (PD) is a useful model of multilevel selection for altruistic traits. It highlights the nonzero-sum interactions necessary for the evolution of altruism as well as the tension between individual and group-level selection. The parameters of the n-player PD can be directly related to the equation due to Price (1970) as well as to a useful alternative selection decomposition. Finally, the n-player PD emphasizes the expected equilibrium condition of mutual defection in the absence of higher levels of organization and selection.

Keywords
  • Altruism,
  • Prisoner's dilemma game
Publication Date
2001
Comments
Copyright (2001) IEEE
Citation Information
Jeffrey Alan Fletcher. "Altruism, the Prisoner's Dilemma, and the Components of Selection" 2001 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics (2001)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jeff_fletcher/16/