Evolutionary Psychological Science

, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp 292–293 | Cite as

For Whose Benefit? The Biological and Cultural Evolution of Human Cooperation

By Patrik Lindenfors: Springer, 2017, 172 p, ISBN:9783319508733
  • Farid Pazhoohi
  • Joana Arantes
Book Review

In For Whose Benefit?: The Biological and Cultural Evolution of Human Cooperation, Patrik Lindenfors an associate professor of zoological ecology at Centre for the study of Cultural Evolution, Stockholm University, poses the question of for whose benefit we cooperate with each other, and throughout the book tries to find an answer.

The book starts with attempts at finding a definition for cooperation, and to do so, the author looks into possible types of cooperation even among molecules, cooperating in forming more stable thermodynamically binds (Chapter 1). In this fashion, Lindenfors considers cooperation as the “collective functioning of some kind of units for the benefit of themselves and/or their component parts” (p. 5). Using examples and anecdotes, he demonstrates the existence of cooperation at all levels, among atoms, molecules, cells, organs, describing the cooperative bases of body segments (Chapter 2). Lindenfors considers such cooperation as aiming to increase the fitness...



This study was conducted at Psychology Research Centre (UID/PSI/01662/2013), University of Minho, and supported by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) and the Portuguese Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education through national funds and co-financed by FEDER through COMPETE2020 under the PT2020 Partnership Agreement (POCI-01-0145-FEDER-007653). FP receives funding from FCT through grant SFRH/BD/114366/2016; JA receives funding from FCT through grant IF/01298/2014.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Human Cognition, School of PsychologyUniversity of MinhoBragaPortugal

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