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Epilogue: The Human Super Organism

  • Patrik LindenforsEmail author
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Abstract

This chapter summarizes the book and points out that cooperation is not something beneficial in itself, but needs to be understood in order for its negative aspects to be harnessed. The central idea is stressed, that all cooperation benefits the copying of the replicators —genes or memes .

Keywords

Nerve Cell Indirect Reciprocity Social Instinct Cultural Group Selection Internal Control Mechanism 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for the Study of Cultural EvolutionStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden

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