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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Cooperation: the Force of Civilization

Competition makes species tougher, but cooperation has brought us from the jungle to space. Intelligence and wisdom grow because of it and communication isn't possible without it. Civilization depends on it, uncorrupted religion encourages it and liberal democracies require it. We are far strong in numbers than individually. That's whole purpose in government, though you wouldn't know it from the competition that so often derails serious, mature governance. Competition and cooperation must be balanced or we will compete ourselves completely out of existence.

Here's an article on point.

Why We Help: Far from being a nagging exception to the rule of evolution, cooperation has been one of its primary architects. By Martin A. Nowak
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=why-we-help-evolution-cooperation