Explaining Altruism: A Simulation-Based Approach and its Limits
by Eckhart Arnold
simulations for the study of the evolution of altruism has been popular
since Axelrod's book „The Evolution of Cooperation“. But have the
myriads of simulation studies that followed in Axelrod's footsteps
really increased our knowledge about the evolution of altruism or
cooperation? This book examines in detail the working mechanisms of
simulation based evolutionary explanations of altruism. It shows that
the „theoretical insights“ that can be derived from simulation studies
are often quite arbitrary and of little use for the empirical research.
In the final chapter of the book, therefore, a set of epistemological
requirements for computer simulations is proposed and recommendations
for the proper research design of simulation studies are made."
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(Something interesting I found)Posted: Wednesday, April 15, 2009