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A unified interpretation of the evolution of species, humanity, and society

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Gordon Childe's discussion of the early spread and diversification of neolithic culture one phase of what may be termed the Nein Europe olithic Radiation. , much of Europe was occupied by four distinctive and widely spread cultures, each of which displayed great illustration of the applicabihty of the evolution is to be — uniformity throughout its area of occupation (Childe 1958: 44). Following the early period of neolithic colonization, each of the four spread into new habitats and there was a breaking up into regional cultural variants by adaptation to particular local conditions.

Such, indeed, is a common outcome of the imposition, however "well-meaning," of Western technology the world over. Or, as Harris has pointed out (1959), a gain in efficiency as into new can as well be put into increasing population more goods and services, political systems, or the means of communication, promulgation of transcen- dental philosophies, and so forth. A continuation on this course will eventually lead to an expansion of population beyond available social means of organizing it. In an open environment the society will fission into two or more societies, each at a relatively low level of cultural organi- zation, rather than producing one cultural system of a is not the inevitable high order of development.

The argument Evolution: Specific ajid General over terms into disagreements about frxt, and thus open arguments to further inquiry. ) In biology, the differentiation between general and specific aspects of the evolutionary process has not re- cently been of great concern. ogy has chosen course of as life; Modern evolutionary biol- to confine itself to the phylogenetic noted before, the heralded "modern is wholly devoted to this. The true "triumphant synthesis" which would unify the particular synthetic theory" and general facets of evolution does not exist in biology.

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