Robert Trivers

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    Robert Trivers' work has transformed our understanding of the genetic basis of human behavior. His scientific work has concentrated on two areas, social theory based on natural selection (of which a theory of self-deception is one part) and the biology of selfish genetic elements (which leads to certain kinds of internal genetic conflicts). His early work - offering unifying theories on reciprocal altruism, parental investment, sexual selection, parent-offspring conflict, the sex ratio, and deceit and self-deception - has now been cited more than 7000 times in the scientific literature. His work on selfish genetic elements has appeared in several articles. Robert is also the author of Social Evolution, Natural Selection and Social Theory: Selected Papers of Robert Trivers.

    He was cited in a special Time issue as one of the 100 greatest thinkers and scientists of the 20th Century.

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