Coming together for a solstice feast in ancient Peru.
How did civilization emerge from small groups of hunter-gatherers? Some archaeologists focus on cooperation as the vital ingredient – and find evidence for it in the form of feast-related artifacts.
A new study shows how even having a few intelligent people in a group can benefit others.
Rural China sheds light on the role of witchcraft in society.
Most anthropologists believe that witch labelling has evolved to get people to conform. But new research suggests an alternative explanation.
Don’t blame the turkey for those snores coming from the living room!
Remember that story about the molecule found in turkey that makes you drowsy? Research shows it's a myth – tryptophan doesn't cause you to nod off, but it may be connected to cooperation.
Alfred Nobel didn’t foresee the current era of mega scientific collaboration.
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Today's scientific research is characterized by interdisciplinary, international collaboration. Awards like the Nobel Prizes haven't caught up.
South African business can beat back the toxic 'white monopoly capital' title by doing things differently and not by shouting from roof tops.
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Piracy has risen and fallen with the ages, but international cooperation is the common factor behind their defeat.
Can an algorithm explain itself?
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A European Union law will require human-understandable explanations for algorithms' decisions. A team of researchers has found a way to provide that, even for complex calculations.
Being generous may be more important than you think.
'Treat 'em mean, keep 'em keen' will not make you popular, according to new research.
With moralistic gods watching, it’s easier to be fair and cooperative.
For human groups to grow from small, intimate communities to the huge interconnected societies we know now, people needed to be willing to cooperate with strangers. Religion might have played a big role.
A hijacked car burns in East Belfast December 8, 2012.
Many antropologists believe that conflict drove the evolution of altruism in humans. But research shows that quite the opposite is true.
Turns out the movement of women after marriage can help explain why humans cooperate beyond the household.
Why do humans collaborate with those we aren't related to? The answer might lie in the tradition of marriage.
Many animals form life-long partnerships, but they’re not always about sex.
Many animals, including humans, form long-term partnerships, but some are same-sex, suggesting they're not all about raising offspring but some other form of cooperation.
Selfish, cooperative – or doesn’t understand the rules of the game?
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Behavioral economists have revolutionized the standard view of human nature. No longer are people presumed to be purely selfish, only acting in their own interest. Hundreds of experiments appear to show…
That’s one hell of a thatch - up to a tonne of weaver nest.
How can animals, from ants to people, form social groups with individuals working successfully together for a common good? So Charles Darwin asked in 1859, perceiving the existence of cooperative behaviour…