In this paper, we study a nonlinear model of the interaction between trait selection and population dynamics, building on previous work of Ghirlanda et al. [Theor. Popul. Biol. 77, 181–188 (2010)] and Antoci et al. [Commun. Nonlinear Sci. Numer. Simul. 58, 92–106 (2018)]. We establish some basic properties of the model dynamics and present some simulations of the fine-grained structure of alternative dynamic regimes for chosen combinations of parameters. The role of the parameters that govern the reinforcement/corruption of maladaptive vs. adaptive traits is of special importance in determining the model's dynamic evolution. The main implication of this result is the need to pay special attention to the structural forces that may favor the emergence and consolidation of maladaptive traits in contemporary socio-economies, as it is the case, for example, for the stimulation of dysfunctional consumption habits and lifestyles in the pursuit of short-term profits.
The cultural implications of growth: Modeling nonlinear interaction of trait selection and population dynamics
Angelo Antoci, Marcello Galeotti, Paolo Russu, Pier Luigi Sacco; The cultural implications of growth: Modeling nonlinear interaction of trait selection and population dynamics. Chaos 1 May 2018; 28 (5): 055906. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5025163
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