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The Survival Game : How Game Theory Explains the Biology of Cooperation and Competition - David Barash

The Survival Game

How Game Theory Explains the Biology of Cooperation and Competition

Paperback Published: 5th September 2000
ISBN: 9780805076998
Number Of Pages: 302

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"An accessible, intriguing explanation of game theory . . . that can help explain much human behavior." -Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Humans, like bacteria, woodchucks, chimpanzees, and other animals, compete or cooperate in order to get food, shelter, territory, and other resources to survive. But how do they decide whether to muscle out or team up with the competition?
In "The Survival Game," David P. Barash synthesizes the newest ideas from psychology, economics, and biology to explore and explain the roots of human strategy. Drawing on game theory-the study of how individuals make decisions-he explores the give-and-take of spouses in determining an evening's plans, the behavior of investors in a market bubble, and the maneuvers of generals on a battlefield alongside the mating and fighting strategies of "less rational" animals. Ultimately, Barash's lively and clear examples shed light on what makes our decisions human, and what we can glean from game theory and the natural world as we negotiate and compete every day.

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"Barash combines game theory with evolutionary biology, arguing that the strategic choices people make as they go through life [are] encoded in their brains by millions of years of evolution . . . His examples-including farm economics, jungle mating strategies and World War II battlefields-are convincing." --The Washington Post

The Games We All Play: What They Are, Why They Matterp. 1
What's the Big Idea?
Sartre's Dictum
Isn't It All Too Machiavellian?
The Regrettable Reality of Conflict
What It'll Tell Us and What It Won't
Duels, Truels, and Rules
Mastering the Matrixp. 35
Coordination Games
Pascal's Wager
Simple Strategies
Follow the Leader?
Guessing Games
The Battle of the Bismarck Sea
Prisoner's Dilemma and the Problem of Cooperationp. 67
The Classic Formulation
A Few Examples
Forward Thinking and Backward Induction
Other Ways Out?
Axelrod's Tournament and Rapoport's TIT FOR TAT
The Live-and-Let-Live System During World War I
Future Tripping
Prisoner's Dilemma as Rorschach Test
Zero-Sum Jealousy
Social Dilemmas: Personal Gain Versus Public Goodp. 121
Some Examples
Social Dilemmas and the Social Contract
The Free-Rider Problem
The Tragedy of the Commons
Rousseau's Stag Hunt
A Bit of Psychology: Groups and Grouches
Some More Psychology: Lifeboats, Loners, and Losers
Games of Chickenp. 165
The Classic Case
Some Examples: Chickens, One to One
Madmen, Steering Wheels, and Other Ploys
Ultimatum Games
Social Chickens
War and Peace
The Conscious Chicken
Animal Anticsp. 201
Snaggle-Mouths, Side-Blotches, and Stability
Social Dilemmas Among Natural Groups
Hawks and Doves
Bullies, Bourgeois, and Other Complications
Dads, Cads, Coys, and Sluts
Different Ways of Being a Male
Thoughts from the Undergroundp. 245
On Being Reasonable
On Being Unreasonable
Stubborn Unreasonableness
Predictable Unreasonableness
Understandable Unreasonableness
A Troublesome Fallacy
"Logical" Vicious Circles
Pas Trop de Zele
Notesp. 279
Acknowledgmentsp. 289
Indexp. 291
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ISBN: 9780805076998
ISBN-10: 0805076999
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 302
Published: 5th September 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.08 x 13.97  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1