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 conclusion is therefore inescapable that societies have the inherent
tendency to fission as well as to fusion , and that social co - operation leads by its
very nature to competition , and vice versa . So , two business firms making one
type of ...
Survival can therefore be evidence of ineffectual competition rather than of
adaptive excellence . ... We therefore find that although efficient warfare confers
obvious competitive advantages on a society , there are or were large areas of
( 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
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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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