Ranked: To Cooperate Or To Defect?

This is a subjective Ranked version of Intriguing Connections: To Cooperate Or To Defect?


The Basic Premise

  1. The Evolution of Cooperation by Robert Axelrod
  2. Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations by Amy Chua
  3. Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: Tight and Loose Cultures and the Secret Signals that Direct Our Lives by Michele Gelfand
  4. Race And Culture: A World View by Thomas Sowell
  5. The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki
  6. The Evolution of God by Robert Wright
  7. Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action by Elinor Ostrom
  8. Individualism and Economic Order by Friedrich A. Hayek
  9. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill
  10. Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them by Joshua D. Greene
  11. Fight Club Politics: How Partisanship Is Poisoning the U.S. House of Representatives by Juliet Eilperin
  12. Inquisition by Edward Peters
  13. The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins


The How

  1. The Secret of Our Success: How Culture Is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating Our Species, and Making Us Smarter by Joseph Henrich
  2. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini
  3. Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
  4. Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics by Joseph S. Nye
  5. Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know by Adam Grant
  6. Hot Buttons: How to Resolve Conflict and Cool Everyone Down by Sybil Evans, Sherry Suib Cohen
  7. Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World by Nicholas Ostler
  8. On Obligations by Marcus Tullius Cicero


Defection

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