Suicide as an evolutionarily stable strategy

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    Ethics has traditionally been the domain of philosophers, pursuing their investigations a priori, since social experimentation is not an option. After Axelrod’s work, artificial life (ALife) methods have been applied to social simulation. Here we use an ALife simulation to pursue experiments with ethics. We use a utilitarian model for assessing what is ethical, as it offers a computationally clear means of measuring ethical value, based on the utility of outcomes. We investigate the particular action of altruistic suicide fostering the survival of others, demonstrating that suicide can be an evolutionarily stable strategy (ESS).
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAdvances in Artificial Life
    Subtitle of host publication6th European Conference, ECAL 2001 Prague, Czech Republic, September 10-14, 2001 Proceedings
    EditorsJozef Kelemen, Petr Sosik
    Place of PublicationBerlin Germany
    Number of pages13
    ISBN (Print)3540425675
    Publication statusPublished - 2001
    EventEuropean Conference on Artificial Life 2001 - Prague, Czech Republic
    Duration: 10 Sep 200114 Sep 2001
    Conference number: 6th

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743


    ConferenceEuropean Conference on Artificial Life 2001
    Abbreviated titleECAL 2001
    CountryCzech Republic

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