One day, mean girls will be extinct.Physicist Chris Adami, Ph.D., would like you to imagine the zombie apocalypse. Zombies can only feed off the brains of the living, right? So, "if everyone was turned into a zombie, then zombies would have a very hard time surviving." Naturally. Well, the same goes for mean and selfish people.
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Adami and Arend Hintze, from Michigan State University's Beacon Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, aren't actually preparing for the (inevitable) takeover of the living dead, but the analogy works to illustrate why being a selfish person isn't a good bet in the long run. In their August 2013 paper in Nature Communications, Adami and Hintze use complex mathematical models of game theory to show that nice guys shall inherit the Earth.
"In a sentence, the general idea is that being mean doesn't pay, because you reap what you sow," says Adami.
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