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God fearing Atheist's Avatar Jump to comment 10 by God fearing Atheist

Sorry Richard, you are going to have to write another book. From "The Selfish Gene", how about "The Moral Phenotype" to explain the evidence for animal altruism, morality and how it evolved? There is so much out there even in the popular scientific literature, I am sure there is a lifetime's work even reading all the academic literature.

I always like The Moral life of Babies as a taster. A few months ago an article was posted here about co-operation evolving in a computer simulation. I believe the best strategy for prisoner's dilemma is "Tit for Tat", and it evolves rapidly in simulation. I keep seeing programs on TED and the telly about co-operative behaviour in animals.

Ok, Wright wrote "The Moral Animal", but that was 18 years ago, and it hasn't become as famous as "The Selfish Gene". Time for a popular update?

Tue, 22 May 2012 10:58:45 UTC | #942794