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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First , it will depend on the number of variant forms that are available at any one
time and place , and secondly on the importance that attaches to choosing the
right variant . If there is only one possible way of doing something , no matter how
It is clearly false to suppose that all early writing was in the form of pictures of
objects because this was more adaptive than ... From this point of view , trying to
explain the universal features of the early forms of anything in terms of their
A very little reflection will tell us that the early forms of anything are likely to be
those that are the easiest to produce and , by the same token , these early forms
are likely to be relatively crude and inefficient . They survive because in 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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