Friday, December 14, 2018
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Intrinsic biological mechanism that compels isolated animals to seek out companionship

https://www.quantamagazine.org/new-evidence-for-the-necessity-of-loneliness-20160510/ But how did these powerful communities come to exist in the first place? Cacioppo proposes that the root of social ties lies in their opposite — loneliness. According to his theory, the pain of being alone motivates us to seek the safety of companionship, which in turn benefits the species

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Evolution can move at warp speed

If there's one thing to learn from the tuskless elephants of Mozambique, it's that evolution can move at warp speed — The New York Times (@nytimes) September 21, 2018 https://www.independent.co.uk/news/elephants-africa-tusks-ivory-poaching-born-without-a7440706.html An increasing number of African elephants are now born tuskless because poachers have consistently targetted animals with the best ivory over decades, fundamentally

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Maynard Smith argued that since everyone dies, evolution does not benefit individuals

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/iage/201804/aging-is-not-genetic-dustbin By 1973 John Maynard Smith and George Price introduced game theory to evolutionary problems. While classic game theory sees players making rational choices on the basis of individual gain, evolutionary game theory posits awareness of what others might do and development of strategies to counter that decision. It is a

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Evolution and Altruism

https://www.nature.com/scitable/knowledge/library/how-does-social-behavior-evolve-13260245?error=cookies_not_supported&code=d01bd919-8d8c-47e2-b054-76ac5635bf20 The benefits of social life typically occur when one individual is the benefactor of an act of altruism. An altruistic act is one that increases the welfare of another individual at an actual or potential cost of the individual who performs the act. An example of altruism comes from ground

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