Altruism: a bluffer's guide

Condensed Matter lunchtime seminar

Altruism: a bluffer's guide

  • Event time: 1:00pm
  • Event date: 12th May 2008
  • Speaker: Lawrence Mitchell (Formerly School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Edinburgh)
  • Location: Room 2511,

Event details

I shall give a short introduction to some of the issues surrounding the development of altruistic behaviour. The central question is how altruism can evolve within a Darwinian framework when the altruist experiences a fitness cost. I shall describe a few models which attempt to resolve the problem, making reference to both quorum sensing and beer.

This is a weekly series of informal talks given primarily by members of the soft condensed matter and statistical mechanics groups, but is also open to members of other groups and external visitors. The aim of the series is to promote discussion and learning of various topics at a level suitable to the broad background of the group. Everyone is welcome to attend..

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