What is a group? Conceptual clarity can help integrate evolutionary and social scientific research on cooperation

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Jun 27, 2014
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Drew Gerkey and Lee Cronk

Smaldino argues that evolutionary theories of social behavior do not adequately explain the emergence of group-level traits, including differentiation of roles and organized interactions among individuals. We find Smaldino's account to be commendable but incomplete. Our commentary focuses on a simple question that has not been adequately addressed: What is a group?

This article can be accessed at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X13002872

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