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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Of course it is true that social organizations differ in complexity , but that
difference fails to provide a criterion of progress . ( Lowie 1921 ; 424-6 ) The
obvious fallacy here is the supposition that social institutions , unlike tools , can
only be ...
We are therefore entitled to conclude that the Indo - European assembly , far from
being just a ' response to the demands of practical necessity , ( which to some
extent , of course it was ) also expressed a distinctive world - view . ( i ) The ...
While I have not denied , of course , that adaptation , competition , selection ,
variation , and trial - and - error learning have a place in social evolution , it
should now be obvious that these are at best ancillary processes in the
generation 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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