Cultural Selection

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Springer Science & Business Media, Feb 28, 1999 - Philosophy - 322 pages
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This book provides an interdisciplinary theory that challenges traditional sociology by its superior ability to explain the irrational or unplanned aspects of culture, and it reveals that our society is not as rational as we would like to believe. The reader receives a comprehensive overview of cultural selection theory, including the history of the theory and the many different schools of thought, as well as an explanation of the nuts and bolts of cultural selection and the different selection mechanisms. Furthermore, the author introduces the new paradigm-breaking cultural r/k theory - a theory which reveals causal connections between religion, politics, ethics, art, and sexual behavior; and which can explain such diverse phenomena as the fall of Rome, the advent of rock music in the late Soviet Union, and the anti-pornography movement in contemporary USA. The attraction of this theory lies in its impressive explanatory power and its usefulness for making predictions. Unlike some elaborate mathematical treatises, this book maintains a down-to-earth theory with the main focus on the explanation of real world phenomena, including religion, politics, music, art, architecture, clothing fashion, sexual behavior, sport, and play. It thereby provides a solid foundation on which to base further research in many areas of human culture, including anthropology, archaeology, political and religious history, art, social psychology, sexology, peace research and futurology.
 

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Contents

lNTRODUCTlON
9
FUNDAMENTAL MODEL FOR CULTURAL SELECTION
59
FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF THE MODEL
83
CULTURAL SELECTION THROUGHOUT THE TIMES
110
DEMOGRAPHY
136
SOCIOLOGY OF DEVIANCE
143
MASS MEDIA
156
SEXUAL BEHAVIOR
169
ART
189
PLAY GAMES AND SPORT
222
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION
235
THE FUTURE
251
EXPLANATION OF WORDS
261
LITERATURE
271
KEYWORD INDEX
308
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