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The Evolution of Cooperation: Why We Need Each Other to Succeed

During his upcoming Public Lecture on October 8, 2013, evolutionary biologist Martin Nowak, author of the best-selling book SuperCooperators, will share his cutting-edge research on the mysteries of cooperation. According to Nowak, many problems that challenge us today can be traced back to a tension between what is good and desirable for society as a whole and what is good and desirable for an individual. This conflict is illustrated in global problems such as climate change, pollution, hunger, and overpopulation. During his lecture, Nowak will present five mechanisms for the evolution of cooperation: direct reciprocity (tit for tat), indirect reciprocity (power of reputation), spatial games (chessboard of life), group selection (tribal wars), and kin selection (nepotism). Nowak argues that cooperation—not competition–is the key to the evolution of complexity.

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Martin Nowak is a professor of biology and mathematics and director of the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics at Harvard University. He is one of the world’s leading experts on evolution and game theory. Nowak has published more than 300 papers and has been widely praised for revolutionizing the mathematical approach to biology.

This lecture, to be held at 7 p.m. in the Coffman Theater at the University of Minnesota on October 8, 2013, is sponsored by the Simons Foundation.