Invisible Rivals: How we Evolved to Compete in a Cooperative World
Whether social issues—such as gender equality, or scientific, such as climate change – our commonly felt goals of safety and equality continue to be thwarted by human selfishness. The consequence for everyone is that we can’t progress.
Invisible Rivals explores the new science of human competition—a broader, more universal set of behaviours that encompasses not just the struggle for survival and wealth, but the struggle for social success, and for power over others. Because of our extreme intelligence, we can hide the strategies we use to promote our own interests—without realizing that this is our goal. Understanding the two conflicting superpowers intrinsic to humanity— extreme cooperation and extreme competition— is essential for overcoming the enormous obstacles we face. To save our world, we need to understand who we are and where we came from, evolutionarily speaking. Understanding ourselves, and how best we can overcome ourselves in the systems we design, is essential for social and scientific progress.View book