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Cooperation and Conflict in the Prisoner's Dilemma and the Emergence of Norms

Cooperation and Conflict in the Prisoner's Dilemma and the Emergence of Norms

This video was recorded at International Workshop on Coping with Crises in Complex Socio-Economic Systems. According to Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan, "the life of man [is] solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short", and it would need powerful social institutions to establish social order. In reality, however, social cooperation can also arise spontaneously, based on local interactions rather than centralized control. The self-organization of cooperative behavior is particularly puzzling for social dilemmas related to sharing natural resources or creating common goods. Such situations are often described by the prisoner's dilemma. Here, we report the sudden outbreak of predominant cooperation in a noisy world dominated by selfishness and defection, when individuals imitate superior strategies... Show More
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