Social Selection for Human Altruism
There are diverse usages of the term “social selection.” It has been (misguidedly, in our view) theorized as an alternative to sexual selection theory (Roughgarden 2012). In contrast, West-Eberhard (1979) considered it useful to distinguish between sexual selection (produced by mate choice and social competition for mates) and social selection (produced by social competition for resources rather than social competition directly for mates), viewing them as two complementary forms of natural selection related to intraspecific social competition. Others have also pointed out that sexual...
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