MAY 23. 2016
Cooperation and Conflict Symposium
Presentations by the members of the Szathmáry group at Eötvös University
Cooperation is as old as the life. Whereas many know of the famous phrase “survival of the fittest”, few realize that without successful cooperative solutions in evolution even bacteria would not exist, let alone complex organisms, including us. The symposium will introduce the audience to basic concepts and models of cooperation research. We shall attempt to explain the motivation behind our mathematical models in an accessible manner. In fact, in several cases even the problem cannot be clearly formulated without such a model. Yet in most cases we use models not so much for numbers, but for insight.
The lectures will cover considerable ground from the dawn of life to the origin of agricultural cooperation. We start with biology because it is easier to set the stage this way, and also because we humans emerged from (and are still part of) the biological world. We shall discuss the issues related to cooperation in early human societies in considerable detail.
Lectures last for max 30 min followed by discussion.
Monday (23rd of May)
Lectures begin at 14:30
Eörs Szathmáry, András Szilágyi: Introduction to the problem of evolutionary cooperation on the example some of origin of life models
Ádám Kun: Inequality can both facilitate and hinder cooperation
József Garay: Evolutionary stability of envy
Anna Fedor and István Zachár: Insight and creativity in human problem-solving behaviour
Viktor Müller: The conflict within - when and why microbial friends turn against us
Tuesday (24th of May)
Begin at 9:30
Szabolcs Számadó: Early evolution of human language: models and evidence
István Scheuring: Cooperation, norms, communication and multilevel selection in human population
Zsóka Vásárhelyi: Are we still hunter-gatherers? -- The agricultural trigger hypothesis
Gergely Boza: Reactive social behaviour: models and reality