Generosity studied by computer simulation


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Article reads: In the new study, Krasnow and a team of scientists at University of California – Santa Barbara conducted a series of computer simulations designed to test whether it was really true that evolution would select against generosity in situations where there is no future payoff. The results were surprising as the study shows that generosity — acting to help others in the absence of foreseeable gains — emerges naturally from the evolution of cooperation. Thus, generosity would appear to be an innate trait, and more than just a response to social pressure (as in tipping your waiter) or trying to leave a good impression.

This is a real stretch, and this shows how far scientists will go to explain generosity. But where is the gene for generosity?

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