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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( d ) The level of competition in primitive society As Darwin emphasized , we
cannot understand the full significance of adaptation unless we also realize the
importance of competition since , clearly the lower the level of competition , the
To argue that the Oldowan hand axe persisted for so long because it was
marvellously adapted is clearly absurd : as a piece of technology it was crude in
the extreme , and very far from the most efficient use that could have been made
For it is prescribed in the guild regulations that the thief is to be killed , and after
the value of the stolen goods has been deducted from his possessions ( clearly to
be returned to the victim of theft ) , all his possessions are to be confiscated and ...
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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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