Natural Selection and Social Theory: Selected Papers of Robert L. Trivers

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PREFACE

This book is a collection of some of my scientific papers, along with accounts of how they were written and short postscripts that attempt to bring the reader up-to-date. I have naturally concentrated on my early papers, the five between 1971 and 1976 that had such a strong influence. In addition to these I have included an empirical paper on lizard size and reproductive success. I have also included a paper (with Jon Seger) showing a bias in female choice toward the interests of daughters, a widely neglected paper that I hope this volume will help resurrect. My thinking on self-deception is scattered in various places, including chapter 16 of my book Social Evolution. Here I reproduce a paper with Huey Newton analyzing the contribution of self-deception to the crash of an airplane, along with a paper just published that summarizes my current understanding of the subject. Since finishing my book on Social Evolution in 1985, I have largely been occupied trying to understand the genetics and evolution of selfish genetic elements, a vast subject from which I reproduce here only a chapter with Austin Burt on genomic imprinting, itself one of the most interesting discoveries in mammalian genetics in the past twenty years. I close with a brief summary of the results of the only long-term study of fluctuating asymmetry (and the 2nd: 4th digit ratio) in humans.

The postscripts are meant to lead the reader to some usefulworkpublished after the paper itself. I have not kept up in depth with many of these topics, but when I know of important work I try to draw the reader's attention to it, and I also try to give a set of recent references that can quickly lead the reader to the larger subject. Having said this, I must emphasize that with modern computer-driven search engines (such as Web of Science) the interested reader has only to find the “cited reference search” and type in the referenceto my paper, and the computer will spew out very recent references on the topic.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Preface vii
  • Contents *
  • Natural Selection and Social Theory *
  • 1 - Reciprocal Altruism 3
  • The Evolution of Reciprocal Altruism *
  • List of Literature *
  • Postscript *
  • 2 - Parental Investment and Reproductive Success 56
  • Parental Investment and Sexual Selection 65
  • Notes *
  • References 104
  • Postscript *
  • 3 - The Trivers-Willard Effect 111
  • Natural Selection of Parental Ability to Vary the Sex Ratio of Offspring 115
  • References and Notes *
  • Postscript *
  • 4 - Parent–offspring Conflict 123
  • Parent–offspring Conflict *
  • Notes *
  • References *
  • Postscript *
  • 5 - Haplodiploidy and the Social Insects 154
  • Haplodiploidy and the Evolution of the Social Insects - The Unusual Traits of the Social Insects Are Uniquely Explained by Hamilton's Kinship Theory *
  • References and Notes *
  • Postscript 206
  • 6 - Size and Reproductive Success in a Lizard 207
  • Sexual Selection and Resource-Accruing Abilities in Anolis Garmani *
  • Literature Cited *
  • Postscript *
  • 7 - Selecting Good Genes for Daughters 241
  • Asymmetry in the Evolution of Female Mating Preferences *
  • References *
  • Postscript *
  • 8 - Self-Deception in Service of Deceit 255
  • The Crash of Flight 90 - Doomed by Self-Deception? *
  • Postscript *
  • The Elements of a Scientific Theory of Self-Deception *
  • References *
  • Postscript 293
  • 9 - Genomic Imprinting 294
  • Genetic Conflicts in Genomic Imprinting *
  • Note 306
  • References *
  • Postscript 308
  • 10 - Fluctuating Asymmetry and the 2nd: 4th Digit Ratio in Children 309
  • The 2nd: 4th Digit Ratio and Asymmetry of Hand Performance in Jamaican Children 316
  • Notes *
  • References *
  • Postscript 328
  • References 329
  • Index 335
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