Biological Adaptation in Human Societies: A Basic Needs Approach

Peter A. Corning

in Holistic Darwinism

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780226116136
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226116334 | DOI:
Biological Adaptation in Human Societies: A Basic Needs Approach

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This chapter proposes a more rigorous and systematic approach to the concept of adaptation that is based on basic needs. It applies the concept of biological adaptation specifically to human societies and develops a detailed framework of fourteen basic needs that define the parameters of the survival/reproduction problem for humankind. This chapter suggests that the basic needs paradigm could provide an analytical tool for examining more closely the relationship between our social, economic, and political behaviors and institutions and their survival consequences, as well as providing a predictive tool of some value.

Keywords: biological adaptation; basic needs; human societies; survival/reproduction problem; survival consequences; predictive tool

Chapter.  24049 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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