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 overall statistical significance here is very high indeed , but this is an
excellent example of the danger of attaching undue importance to purely
statistical significance , since in reality only 3 cells , those printed in bold type ,
are together ...
The general diminution in the importance of kinship and its relation to land is also
closely related to the changing significance of territorial boundaries . Sir Henry
Maine discerned that the rise of the state involved a major change in the ...
Our information on the religious and social significance of beer and the libation is
particularly detailed for Scandinavia . The basic religious act was sacrifice , in
which not only the consecrated flesh of the animal victim but also the consecrated
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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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