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The Evolution of Society









The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG


Organised by Professor Tim Clutton-Brock FRS, Professor R A Foley, Professor F L W Ratnieks and Professor S West

The meeting will synthesise our understanding of the evolution of social behaviour, association and cooperation in micro-organisms, invertebrates, vertebrates and man, providing a unified conceptual overview of the mechanisms involved in the evolution of societies, the causes of variation in their structure, the contrasts and similarities between the processes operating in animals and man and the principal questions still unresolved.

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Schedule of talks

Session 1

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Conflict and cooperation in micro-organisms

Professor Stuart West

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Formalising Darwinism and inclusive fitness theory

Alan Grafen

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Helping in small insect societies

Professor Jeremy Field

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The origins of cooperation and eusociality in social insects

Professor Jacobus J. Boomsma

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Session 2

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Beyond society: the evolution of organismicity

Professor David Queller

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Interactions between genes and the social environment in eusocial insects

Laurent Keller

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The evolution of cooperative breeding in birds: kinship, ecology and life history

Ben Hatchwell

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The evolution of inequality in insect societies

Professor Francis Ratnieks, University of Sussex, UK

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Session 3

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Evolving the ingredients for reciprocity and spite

Professor Marc Hauser

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Kinship and cooperation in primate societies

Joan Silk

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Structure and function in mammalian societies

Professor Tim Clutton-Brock FRS (Organiser and Speaker)

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The ecology of social transitions in human evolution

Professor Clive Gamble FBA, University of Southampton, UK

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Culture and the Evolution of Human Cooperation

Professor Robert Boyd, University of Ottawa, Canada

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The evolutionary and ecological roots of human social organization

Hillard Kaplan

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Trust and cooperation among economic agents

Partha Dasgupta

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The Evolution of Society The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK
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