The Social Instinct

The Social Instinct

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It's easy to fall into the trap of thinking that evolution, biology, and our destinies as humans are all about competition, fighting each other to survive. In fact, writes evolutionary biologist Nichola Raihani, we have evolved from the very earliest forms of life on Earth to thrive through cooperation. She constructs her argument with cutting edge science and tons of examples—like meercat colonies that babysit each others' children, babbler bird societies that choose a single pair to breed, and coral fish that punish community members for harming fish from another species. And she always comes back to the question of how humans may have evolved to work together, and what this means for us today.