Scott's Book Review

A Cooperative Species

Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis

Experimental Evidence

In A Cooperative Species, Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis, pioneers in the new experimental and evolutionary science of human behaviour, show that the central issue is not why selfish people act generously, but instead how genetic and cultural evolution has produced a species in which substantial numbers make sacrifices to uphold ethical norms and to help even total strangers.