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 belief that society is closely associated with the working of nature and that
there are powerful invisible beings who control both would be obvious examples
, as would belief in ancestral spirits , witchcraft , and divination . The standard ...
At this point , however , we have entirely lost touch with the theory that ecology
determines the main forms of religious belief , since these characteristics of the
DNM idea of God can be found in the beliefs of societies all over the world quite ...
Christian missionaries , for example , do not if they are wise tell their potential
converts that all their previous beliefs ... go out of their way to find elements of
indigenous belief that can plausibly be represented as similar to Christian
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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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