An Essay Concerning Sociocultural Evolution
Writing about sociocultural
evolution is always a complicated enterprise, because the subject is not only difficult in a scientific way but also in a
political one. In particular since the events of September 11, 2001 the debates about the differences between cultures and
their evolutionary developments have left the fields of pure scientific research once and for all. However, there have probably
never been scientific discourses that did not touch the realms of political discussions - Darwin, Marx, the atomic physicists
and the recent debates about genetic engineering are just a few examples. The aim of this book is not to take part in these
debates but it is written as a contribution to the foundations of evolutionary theories in the social sciences. The readers
will have to judge if I have succeeded with it. Perhaps essays like this one will help to clarify the problems we all have
to face just now in regard to intercultural discourses. Theoretically and mathematically grounded insights into cultural development
as the source of many political problems will not solve to how to deal with them them immediately but may serve as signposts
in the long run.
1. Sociocultural evolution: a concept and its difficulties. 2. A theoretical model of sociocultural
evolution. 3. The mathematics of social processes. 4. A mathematical model of sociocultural evolution. 5. Conclusions: The
logic of Evolution or are there something like historical laws? References. Index.
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