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Simon's Selection Theory - Why Docility Evolves to Breed Successful Altruism

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In light of the under-explored potential of Simon’s theory of altruism, the purpose of thepresent article is to review his explanation of altruism and to point out some of itsimplications for behavioural economics and theories of economic organization. In the courseof the argument, this article relates Simon’s theory of altruism to Hamilton’s theory ofkinship selection and then proceeds to examine a critical assumption of Simon’s model thatsocial organizations know better than individuals. Within the parameters of Simon’s ownmodel, the paper suggests how this assumption can be justified. The paper concludes bynoting that Simon offered a new and so far under-explored mechanism for the emergence ofaltruism in biological populations and suggests a controlled experiment to test Simon’sexplanation against Hamilton’s. Finally, it is noteworthy that Simon’s theory has immediateimplications for the understanding of human nature that invites revision and development ofbehavioural economics and theories of economic organization.

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Thorbjørn Knudsen

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eng

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http://hdl.handle.net/10398/6898

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