Computing the Evolution of Altruism introduced by Dr Mike Evans (Leeds University)
Darwinian evolution is always explained as “the survival of the fittest” or an “arms race”. If we are so competitive and so self-interested, how could we evolve to be nice to each other? How could altruism be a feature of human behaviour?
Mike Evans will describe his use of game theory to simulate how we may have evolved to be altruistic. Evolution is often described as a means for enforcing competitive behaviour. Can evolution also explain extraordinary acts of solidarity and kindness?
Dr Mike Evans is a theoretical physicist in the School of Mathematics at Leeds University. His research is focused on mathematically modelling the physical world, to discover the simple principles governing complex systems.
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