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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This would be a crucial issue only if there were a high chance that a cultural
innovation could be truly adaptive as a consequence of being purposeful [ my
emphasis ) . All evidence points to this being impossible in biology : biological ...
In these two basic senses culture is certainly adaptive , but this elementary truism
will be challenged by no one . The question is , first , whether it is the adaptive
advantages of an institution that explain its survival and spread to different ...
Instead of a genuine Darwinian explanation , what we are in fact typically given is
a low - grade organicist theory in which it is assumed that adaptive traits will
automatically emerge by some compulsion from the environment or from the
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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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