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The Innate Mind Volume 2: Culture and Cognition$
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Peter Carruthers, Stephen Laurence, and Stephen Stich

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195310139

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310139.001.0001

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Human Groups as Adaptive Units

Human Groups as Adaptive Units

Toward a Permanent Consensus

(p.78) 5 Human Groups as Adaptive Units
The Innate Mind

David Sloan Wilson

Oxford University Press

Foundational changes are taking place in the understanding of human groups. For decades, the biological and social sciences have been dominated by a form of individualism that renders groups as nothing more than collections of self-interested individuals. Now groups themselves are being interpreted as adaptive units, organisms in the own right, in which individuals play supportive roles. This chapter attempts to establish a permanent consensus for human groups as adaptive units, based on multilevel selection theory.

Keywords:   culture, admiration, conformism, multilevel selection theory, individualism

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