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Holistic DarwinismSynergy, Cybernetics, and the Bioeconomics of Evolution$
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Peter Corning

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780226116136

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226116334.001.0001

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Biological Adaptation in Human Societies: A Basic Needs Approach

Biological Adaptation in Human Societies: A Basic Needs Approach

(p.252) (p.253) 11 Biological Adaptation in Human Societies: A Basic Needs Approach
Holistic Darwinism

Peter A. Corning

University of Chicago Press

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

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