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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... be the result of random variation at all , since it will be the result of a
complicated developmental process . Major social change also necessarily
involves simultaneous changes in a wide variety of traits , an extremely
improbable occurrence ...
In both realms the results of these studies indicate that bioorganisms and
sociocultural systems are largely if not exclusively composed of positive -
functioned , that is , useful traits . ( Harris 1960 : 60-1 ) As far as human society is
The selectionist model denies that the direction of evolution could be the result of
the internal properties of the organism ( orthogenesis ) , because it assumes that
variation is blind ; any apparent direction is therefore the result of selection ...
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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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