I have an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Minho (Portugal), an MSc in Philosophy of the Social Sciences from the LSE, and I have just submitted my thesis for the PhD in Philosophy (also at the LSE). My PhD is on decision theory and, more specifically, on the role hope has on decision making.
Dates of Visit: 3 October 2016 – 30 September 2017
Project Title: The Role of Hope in the Evolution of Altruism
Project Description: My project focuses on exploring the role optimistically biased beliefs in the evolution of cooperative behaviour in the context of evolution by natural selection. It is argued in the literature that altruism becomes a possibility if the unit of selection is the group. In this scenario, a group of cooperators would do better than a group of defectors, and therefore the former would prevail in the population. My research question is then which factors play a part in allowing the formation of groups of cooperators. My hypothesis is that the more hopeful one is with regards to how likely it is to encounter enough cooperators, the higher the chances that cooperation evolves.