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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So , for example , warfare is universal in primitive society not because it is
adaptive , but because there are many different factors producing it . The
selectionist model also has a strong tendency to operate on the basis of single
traits , whose ...
One example of such a process , the Chinese development of gunpowder , was
discussed in detail , and the state is another excellent example of these
principles of social evolution at work , and is of particular importance since it is
one of ...
A good example is the concept of natural selection in Darwinian theory , which
has proved itself quite capable of surviving major changes in biological
knowledge at lower levels of generality , such as the mechanisms of heredity and
, indeed ...
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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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