CHAPTER SIX

The Invisible Handshake

Collaborative production as the world's business model

Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of evolution is its ability to generate cooperation in a competitive world. Thus, we might add “natural cooperation” as a third fundamental principle of evolution beside mutation and natural selection.

—Martin A. Nowak, Professor of Biology and of Mathematics at Harvard University and Director of Harvard's Program for Evolutionary Dynamics

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