Beyond Reciprocity: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Cooperation in Human and Cellular Societies

Beyond Reciprocity: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Cooperation in Human and Cellular Societies

March 9, 2016

Address

727 E. Tyler St.
Tempe, AZ 85287

Location

Biodesign Institute, Auditorium B105

Date and Time

March 14, 2016, 3:00 pm (Length: 2 hours 0 minutes)

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Athena Aktipis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Arizona State University

Are there general principles that underlie cooperation across systems? What do these principles tell us about the evolution of multicellular life and human society? In this talk, Aktipis will discuss her work on human sharing in The Human Generosity Project, which incorporates computational modeling, human subjects experiments and work at eight field sites around the world to understand human sharing. She will also discuss her work on cooperation and cheating in the evolution multicellularity, focusing on the question of how large multicellular bodies can evolve cooperation among trillions of cells despite the constant threat of cellular cheating, i.e., cancer.

This Coffee@Beyond event is presented by the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science. For more information, visit beyond.asu.edu.

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