Social Evolution & History. V.3,№1
Social Evolution & History. V.4,№2
Social Evolution & History. V.3,№2
Mystery of Mysteries – Is Evolution a Social Construction?
Tree of Origin – What Primate Behavior Can Tell us About Human Social Evolution
From mitochondria to meerkats, the natural world is full of spectacular examples of social behaviour. In the early 1960s Bill Hamilton changed the way we think about how such behaviour evolves. He introduced three key innovations - now known as Hamilton's rule, kin selection, and inclusive fitness - which have been enormously influential, but which remain the subject of fierce controversy. Jonathan Birch presents the first book-length philosophical study of social evolution. He places social evolution theory on a firm conceptual footing and sets out exciting new directions for further work. The book will be illuminating reading for philosophers of science, evolutionary biologists, and evolutionary social scientists.
The evolution of organizational identity is often represented as a combination of an intentional management (sensegiving) and a more social negotiated sensemaking. The need to “lead” the organizational identities evolution cannot forget the social nature of this process. This work proposes to use cognitive maps in order to understand this process and generate an action plan that allows to partially lead a social process.Even if the qualitative approach of this work has the well-known limitation in generalization of findings, it is possible to underline at least two main results:• the necessity to manage deliberately the organizational identity as a variable that can affect the success of post merger integration;• the necessity to consider that the evolution of organizational identity is a social negotiation and a process of sensemaking.
The present volume is an attempt of an international research team to make a complex study in the social evolution processes in prehistory in their spatial and temporal variations. The authors hope that their survey can and should also promote a better understanding of the evolution from prehistoric bands to complex states and pre-industrial empires. The volume consists of five parts and 27 chapters. The first part includes theoretical studies of non- linear evolution. Articles on the alternative pathways of the prehistoric societies'' evolution form the volume''s second part. The evolutionary pathways of complex societies and state origins are the topics of the volume''s third and forth parts. The closing part is devoted to nomadic societies. We hope that the book has not lost its relevance since its first edition''s publication in 2000 and will remain in demand by readers.
This book uses game theory to analyse the creation, evolution and function of economic and social institutions. The author illustrates his analysis by describing the organic or unplanned evolution of institutions such as the conventions of war, the use of money, property rights, and oligopolistic pricing conventions. Professor Schotter begins by linking his work with the ideas of the philosophers Rawls, Nozick and Lewis.
'Music, Evolution, and the Harmony of the Souls' demonstrates the evolutionary sociobiological importance of music as a driver of cooperative and interactive behaviour throughout human existence, and what this evolutionary imperative means to twenty-first century humanity and beyond, from social and medical/neurological perspectives.