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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The fact that societies do not reproduce but maintain themselves with differing
degrees of continuity also means that the variationand - selection model of
evolution , plausible enough for physical organisms in their natural environment ,
Hence the continuing debate between those biologists who maintain that
selection can only work in the interests of the ... close relatives , and those who
believe that it is also possible for behaviour which benefits the group to be
selected for .
It might be supposed that the selection of civil servants by written examination
which was established under the Han dynasty ( the earliest certain date is 165
BC ) was a practical response to an obvious need in a literate , politically
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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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