The Company of Strangers by Paul Seabright

How is it that a shy, murderous ape living on the African savanah came to be the dominant species on the planet over the course of a few tens of thousands of years? The short answer is "social cooperation," or more fully "social cooperation facilitated by mechanisms for building trust networks." The book explores the effect of evolution on modern human behavior, especially on a large scale, i.e. markets. Although a bit dry in places, it draws together some diverse concepts to paint a unique picture of human society and experience. If you're in a hurry, I recommend reading only the first section and the fourth (last) section.
Rating: 2 of 5
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