Cultural evolution and prosociality: widening the hypothesis space

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 1 (39):e15 (2016)
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Norenzayan and colleagues suggest that Big Gods can be replaced by Big Governments. We examine forms of social and self-monitoring and ritual practice that emerged in Classical China, heterarchical societies like those that emerged in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, and the contemporary Zapatista movement of Chiapas, and we recommend widening the hypothesis space to include these alternative forms of social organization.
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Culture and Systems of Thought: Holistic Versus Analytic Cognition.Nisbett, Richard E.; Peng, Kaiping; Choi, Incheol & Norenzayan, Ara
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