Cooperation, evolution, and culture Academic Article uri icon


  • Rejecting evolutionary principles is a mistake, because evolutionary processes produced the irrational human minds for which Colman argues. An evolved cultural ability to acquire information socially and infer other's mental states (mind-reading) evokes Stackelberg reasoning. Much of game theory however, assumes away information transfer and excludes the very solution that natural selection likely created to solve the problem of cooperation.

published proceedings

  • Behavioral and Brain Sciences

altmetric score

  • 23

author list (cited authors)

  • Alvard, M.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Alvard, Michael

publication date

  • January 1, 2003 11:11 AM