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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Until one can calculate the probability of an event , therefore , claims about the
amount of time available for it to occur are quite meaningless , yet biologists
seem unable to provide any reliable quantification of the probabilities involved in
If , as seems likely , the divinations involved some degree of magic making , of
spell casting , the king's ability to actually create a good harvest or a victory by
divining about it rendered him still more potent politically . ( Keightley 1978 : 212–
13 ) ...
... the Anglo - Saxon kingdoms effectively eliminated the possibility of a popular
assembly at the national level as the result of the great distances and the large
numbers of people involved , as E. A. Freeman long ago pointed out ( 1877 : 100
–2 ) ...
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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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