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Survival of the Friendliest (2017) (nautil.us)
37 points by dnetesn 53 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 6 comments

I had a friend once who saw a real-life situation as Prisoners Dilemma and his take-away was that cooperation was unlikely. My opinion was that prisoners dilemma shows us that two parties who communicate and cooperate in such a situation would quickly develop an unassailable advantage.

There is a real failure in how individualism is promoted. We should promote the freedom of the individual because the optimum strategy is to cooperate; which means a free individual poses little threat to the collective but massive upside if they think of a better way of behaving.

This is also why authoritarianism is a bad idea - if the natural equlibrium position is cooperation, and cooperation massively outperforms the alternatives and then the situation is forced away from equilibrium, what exactly is going to happen? Nothing good.

Just look at modern human society. There is no way that cooperation isn't the superior strategy. There are nearly no arenas where an individual can effectively compete with a team without people agreeing to artificial rules.

Is this the common view? I always saw "fittest" as that which is more fit for a niche regardless of what power trait was implemented. I mentioned this elsewhere in this [1] comment, being surprised that someone assumed "fit" was defined in a more malicious manner but I guess this day and age, the definition seems to be more biased towards competitive manners rather than socially inclusive.

[1] https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20615981

Related, "The Evolutionary Dominance of Ethnocentric Cooperation": http://jasss.soc.surrey.ac.uk/16/3/7.html

The confrontational approach is an archaic holdover of a Victorian worldview.

Biggest ass kisser wins

Don't go to war, stay behind and mate.

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