Re: Religion Explained -- Almost

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Tue Jul 17 2001 - 13:45:29 MDT

Robin Hanson wrote:
> Mark Walker wrote:
> > I am not sure from your summary, but I take it that perhaps the most
> >plausible development of your hypothesis is that supernatural beliefs are a
> >credible signal of intragroup cooperativeness as opposed to intergroup
> >cooperativeness.
> Yes. Almost no one looks for evolutionary signals of intragroup
> cooperativeness because they don't expect to find any.

Huh? Virtually everything I have ever read on evolutionary psychology
touches on intragroup cooperativeness at one point or another. Hasn't
everyone been on the lookout since Axelrod and Hamilton in 1981?

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Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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