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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For we now have the predictions that in some circumstances people will give
benefits to , or ' invest in ' , their kin , and that in others they will give benefits to
non - kin . No doubt this is quite true , but it amounts to nothing more than the ...
Darwinism is a logically coherent and empirically testable theory , and no
adaptationist argument can claim to be a genuine explanation of a social feature
unless it can give a convincing account of how it could have originated . By this I
do not ...
Ideally , the king did not give regular payment to wealthy men who served him . In
the minds of the people of Jimma , the governors and highest ministers were men
of wealth who served for honor , power , and the chance of advancement , 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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