Physics envy and vice versa

New Model of Evolution Finally Reveals How Cooperation Evolves.


I haven’t read the paper — don’t have time — but this sounds like another “physicists solve biology” claim. Not saying the result is invalid, but this is a common theme with physicists who barge into other fields, “solve” them and then depart, triumphant — meanwhile, they haven’t contributed much if anything useful or even remotely true.

I really doubt such a simple model will contribute much to the study of the evolution of cooperation, and if it does contribute anything actually useful it’ll be very minor and obvious.