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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( Ibid . , 46 ) It is this assumption of rigorous competition ( together with its
consequences for reproductive success and failure ) , that gives adaptation its
special significance in the Darwinian account of evolution . In a highly
competitive situation ...
If he is correct in assuming that the use of this randomizing procedure may lead
to more hunting success ( and he concedes that there is insufficient evidence to
show this ) , his explanation raises the further problem of how the people ...
... Another group of scholars ( Bagehot 1872 ; ( Andreski 1968 ] ; Fried 1967 ;
Vayda 1968 ; Service 1975 ) suggest that societal evolution comes first , and then
provides a basis for the increased scale , frequency , and success of warfare .
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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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