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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

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310139.003.0005

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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