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Department of Archaeology


Jonathan Goodman is an interdisciplinary researcher at the Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies and Cambridge Public Health interested in signalling systems, behaviour, and health. His first book, Invisible Rivals: how we evolved to compete in a cooperative world, is forthcoming with Yale University Press.

Jonathan has had a central paper from his PhD research published in Biology and Philosophy

In this paper, he shows that we need to distinguish between cooperation and cooperators in models of human social evolution. His models show that many individuals may cooperate in social systems only because they do not have the opportunity to effect — and consequently models of punishment must be silent about internal states. This has implications for influential perspectives on the evolution of cooperation, including strong reciprocity and cultural group selection.

Read the paper here.

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