Humans are both competitive – indeed, combative and violent – and cooperative social animals, and rooms full of discourse, years of discussion, and seas of blood have accumulated trying to figure out how to combine the two qualities into a sustainable existence. For the moment, consider the cooperation half. It’s counter-intuitive, and more like competition, to consider thoughtful consideration as a problem for cooperation. And, another problem is fully appreciating the various ways different cultures view the cooperation-competition continuum. Joshua Knobe and David G. Rand talk ask, if cooperation is innate or mediated by culture.
The game theory approach could be fruitful for understanding the differences between western and Asian culture.