The Principles of Social Evolution
Clarendon Press, 1986 - 412 Seiten
Dispelling the general assumption that social institutions survive because of their sophisticated adaptive advantages, this groundbreaking work asserts that the most common customs and institutions may endure because of their very simplicity or as a result of simple human proclivity. Using religious, military, and kinship institutions to illustrate this argument, the author shows that a precise combination of these factors may lead to the emergence of new forms of social evolution.
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The psychologist Osgood and his associates have shown that there seem to be
three basic dimensions in terms of which we assess the social and natural world ,
those of Evolution , Potency , and Activity . Typical concepts of the Evaluation ...
Bodde says of Buddhism , The commercial and industrial activities of some of its
temples and monasteries included the operation of water - powered stone rolling
mills and oil presses , as well as hostels , pawn - shops , and large landed ...
If these secondary activities are left unchecked , the people will then become
lackadaisical in their seasonal ( agricultural ) activities and indifferent to the
profits of the land ... If merchants stand in the court , material wealth will flow
upward ( in ...
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I'm glad this was the first book I read on social evolution. The author does a great job of explaining why the darwinian theory of variation and selection can not be applied directly to social ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
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