Powers, S. (2016). The institutional approach for modeling the evolution of human societies. In Proceedings of the Artificial Life Conference 2016doi:10.7551/978-0-262-33936-0-ch011. ISBN 9780262339360
Artificial Life is concerned with understanding the dynamics of human societies. A defining feature of any human society is its institutions. However, defining exactly what an...
Powers, S. T. & Lehmann, L. (2017). When is bigger better? The effects of group size on the evolution of helping behaviours. Biological Reviews. 92(2), 902-920. doi:10.1111/brv.12260. ISSN 1464-7931
Understanding the evolution of sociality in humans and other species requires understanding how selection on social behaviour varies with group size. However, the effects of g...
Powers, S. T., van Schaik, C. P. & Lehmann, L. (2016). How institutions shaped the last major evolutionary transition to large-scale human societies. Philosophical Transactions B: Biological Sciences. 371(1678), 20150098. doi:10.1098/rstb.2015.0098. ISSN 0962-8436
What drove the transition from small-scale human societies centred on kinship and personal exchange, to large-scale societies comprising cooperation and division of labour amo...
18 July 2016
Congratulations to the following SIG members who have the following papers accepted at upcoming international conferences:
Alife 2016 (Cancun, Mexico) Simon Pow...
16 June 2016
Simon Powers will deliver a research seminar about his work on the evolution of institutions.
Abstract Economics, artificial life, and agent-based c...
09 June 2016
Simon Powers will write an article about "defection" (as the term is used in game theory), for the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science, edited by To...
Powers, S. T. & Lehmann, L. (2014). An evolutionary model explaining the Neolithic transition from egalitarianism to leadership and despotism. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 281, 20141349-20141349. doi:10.1098/rspb.2014.1349. ISSN 0962-8452
The Neolithic was marked by a transition from small and relatively egalitarian groups, to much larger groups with increased stratification. But the dynamics of this
Powers, S. T. (2016). Defection. In Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological ScienceSpringer Verlag. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_1616-1. ISBN 978-3-319-16999-6; 978-3-319-16999-6
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Explaining the origin and the evolution of cooperation has been a major challenge i...
04 May 2016
04 May 2016
Congratulations to the following SIG members who have the following papers accepted at upcoming international conferences & journals
Alife 2016 (Cancun,...