Re: Religion Explained -- Almost

From: Robin Hanson (
Date: Tue Jul 17 2001 - 13:26:08 MDT

At 02:50 PM 7/17/2001 -0400, you wrote:
> >Yes. Almost no one looks for evolutionary signals of intragroup
> >cooperativeness because they don't expect to find any.
>Am I missing something? Primatologists often view grooming,
>sex, and food sharing as cooperation signals within groups.
>I've heard of content-free greeting rituals as a mechanism
>for humans to use grooming signals in their large groups
>while still having some time to do things other than paw each

Oops - typo. I meant that while people look for signals
within groups, they don't look for signals between groups.

Robin Hanson
Asst. Prof. Economics, George Mason University
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