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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non - kin becomes a major difficulty . Hence the continuing debate between those
biologists who maintain that selection can only work in the interests of the
individual organism and its close relatives , and those who believe that it is also ...
One major problem in cross - cultural research for many years was to obtain a
representative sample of societies so that on the one hand distortions produced
by diffusion or common origin ( " Galton's Problem ' ) are minimized , but that , on
There is historical documentation of occasional large canals and irrigation works
as early as the Proto - imperial period , but on the whole the settlements followed
closely the shifting , braided channels of the major rivers . In other words , for a ...
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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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