Selfishness is not sustainable!

September 1, 2013 in Sustainability

Over the past decade, there has been something of sea-change in academic attitudes to “cooperation” and “cooperative systems”. Mainstream thought used to consider them “utopian” but now all kinds of genetic, physiological, evolutionary and modelling evidence is revealing that “cooperation” is as natural as “selfishness” for humans (and even animals such as apes) but ultimately, cooperation is more rewarding and more sustainable.

A recent article in The Age suggests that winning is not everything and in the end, the selfish will “compete each other out of existence”. The article cites some research that has recently appeared in a number of scientific magazines. It offers an important theoretical justification for the cooperative system.

If you would like to read more, then the link is here.

Computer modelling of cooperative systems and populations began about 30 years ago. It has taken all that time for them to find out what mutuals and cooperative enterprises knew all along!