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Self-organisation and Evolution of Biological and Social Systems

Edited By: Charlotte Hemelrijk

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Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Jul 2011 | #190831 | ISBN-13: 9781107402560
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Hardback | Sep 2005 | #152588 | ISBN: 0521846552
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Self-organisation of social systems can be observed at all levels of biological complexity, from cells to organisms and communities. Although individuals are governed by simple rules, their interactions with each other and their environment leads to complex patterns. Self-organisation and Evolution of Biological and Social Systems observes social systems ranging from simple single-celled organisms to very complex ones, such as humans. It examines groups of all sizes, from small as in certain species of primates, to very large as with some species of fish and social insects. Self-organisation is widespread throughout the animal kingdom. This book illustrates the numerous aspects that demonstrate social organisation, including group formation, task-division, foraging, dominance interactions, infant protection, language and voting. This volume is recommended reading for all academic researchers and professionals interested in the recent progress of this fascinating field.


Preface; Introduction; 1. From unicellular to multicellular organisation: the development of the social amoebae Dicyostelium discoideum C. Weijer; 2. Selection and self-organisation of collective decision in social insects: trail, network and migration J. L. Deneubourg; 3. The interplay of intracolonial genotype variance and self-organisation of dominance hierarchies in honeybees Crewe Moritz; 4. Traffic rules of fish schools: a review of agent-based approaches J. K. Parrish and S. V. Viscido; 5. A process-orientated approach to the social behaviour of primates C. K. Hemelrijk; 6. Order and noise in primate societies B. Thierry; 7. Self-organisation in language B. de Boer; 8. Minority opinion spreading in democratic random debate S. Galam; 9. Natural selection and complex systems: a complex interaction D. S. Wilson; 10. Interlocking of self-organisation and evolution P. Hogeweg.

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Charlotte Hemelrijk is Assistant Professor in Theoretical Biology at the University of Groningen.

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