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The Evolution of Trust



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This interactive guide is heavily based off Robert Axelrod's groundbreaking 1984 book, The Evolution of Cooperation! I was also heavily inspired by his 1997 sequel, The Complexity of Cooperation, and Robert Putnam's 2000 book on America's declining "social capital", Bowling Alone.

yes i'm a bookworm nerd, plz don't bully me

"Fewer and fewer people say they trust each other"
To see a thorough statistical take on this, check out Our World In Data. Mmmm stats

"The Game of Trust"
This game is also known in game theory as the infamous Prisoner's Dilemma. The Prisoner's Dilemma is named after a story where two suspects can either squeal on their partner-in-crime ("cheat"), or stay silent ("cooperate"). I chose not to do this story because 1) in this case, both players "cooperating" would be bad for society, and 2) it's unrealistic, everyone knows that snitches get stitches

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Memorable simulation, July 18, 2023
by Lance Cirone (Backwater, Vermont)

I came across The Evolution of Trust a few years back, and the game's always stuck in my mind since then. It's an interesting little experiment. It uses simple diagrams and characters to illustrate its point, and raises some important questions. How do we learn to trust people, and when does this cycle break? How does miscommunication, people who are inherently dishonest, or copycat behavior change this? It's something that's worth a play for not only the freedom of being able to use all kinds of sliders in the sandbox mode to run simulations, but how you can interpret its message.

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