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The story of conflict and cooperation

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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages17
Publication statusUnpublished - 21 Aug 2018

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Abstract

The story of conflict and cooperation has started millions of years ago, and now it is everywhere: In biology, computer science, economics, political science, and psychology. Examples include wars, airline alliances, trade, oligopolistic cartels, the evolution of species and genes, and team sports. However, neither cooperative games nor noncooperative games—in which each player acts independently without collaboration with any of the others—fully capture the competition between and across individuals and groups, and the strategic partnerships that give rise to such groups. Thus, one needs to extend the noncooperative framework to study strategic games like scientific publication, which is a rather competitive game, yet (strategic) collaboration is widespread. In this paper, I propose a novel way to rationally play games of conflict and cooperation under the Principle of Free Will—players are free to cooperate to coordinate their actions or act independently.

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