Public lecture | Cooperation in the global commons
Grantham Research Institute public lecture by Prof. Simon A. Levin, George M. Moffett Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University
Ecological and economic systems are alike in that individual agents compete for limited resources, evolve their behaviours in response to interactions with others, and form exploitative as well as cooperative interactions as a result. In these complex adaptive systems, macroscopic properties like the flow patterns of resources like nutrients and capital emerge from large numbers of microscopic interactions, and feed back to affect individual behaviours.
In this talk, Prof. Levin will explore some common features of these systems, especially as they involve the evolution of cooperation in dealing with public goods, common pool resources and collective movement. Prof. Levin will describe examples from bacteria and slime molds to vertebrate groups to insurance arrangements in human societies and international agreements on environmental issues.
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