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 if this kind of feedback process occurs , then variation may be a function of
the internal organization of the source of that variation , whether the source is an
organism , a society , or some kind of learning machine . In other words ...
herds and perhaps slaves , who could thus be relieved from the duties of herding
to specialize in military activities . In DNM society , however , while some men are
richer in cattle than others , we cannot talk of any kind of ' class ' of priests or of ...
Tribute of this kind may then be redistributed differentially , to relieve hardship or
reward services . It is clear that all these institutional features ( seniority of
descent and or relative age , religious office , spokesmanship , war leadership ...
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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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