Multilevel Selection

Theoretical Foundations, Historical Examples, and Empirical Evidence

Authors: Hertler, Steven C., Figueredo, Aurelio José, Aguirre, Mateo Peñaherrera

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  • Provides new empirical evidence for human group selection
  • Demonstrates how groups balance external threat against internal dissolution
  • Accomplishes a comprehensive treatment of multilevel selection theory
  • Follows the principles of gene-culture coevolution in positing a dynamic interplay between cultural and genetic selection
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This book embeds a novel evolutionary analysis of human group selection within a comprehensive overview of multilevel selection theory, a theory wherein evolution proceeds at the level of individual organisms and collectives, such as human families, tribes, states, and empires. Where previous works on the topic have variously supported multilevel selection with logic, theory, experimental data, or via review of the zoological literature; in this book the authors uniquely establish the validity of human group selection as a historical evolutionary process within a multilevel selection framework.
Select portions of the historical record are examined from a multilevel selectionist perspective, such that clashing civilizations, decline and fall, law, custom, war, genocide, ostracism, banishment, and the like are viewed with the end of understanding their implications for internal cohesion, external defense, and population demography. In doing so, its authors advance the potential for further interdisciplinary study in fostering, for instance, the convergence of history and biology. This work will provide fresh insights not only for evolutionists but also for researchers working across the social sciences and humanities.

About the authors

Steven C. Hertler is a licensed examining psychologist and Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the College of Saint Elizabeth, USA. 
Aurelio José Figueredo is Professor of Psychology, Family Studies and Human Development at the University of Arizona, USA. Dr. Figueredo also serves as Director of the Ethology and Evolutionary Psychology (EEP) Laboratory.
Mateo Peñaherrera-Aguirre is a Ph.D. candidate in the Cognitive and Neural Systems Program and a researcher at the University of Arizona, USA.

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“Multi-Level Selection is the only logically coherent and empirically supported theory that can explain human ultrasociality—the capacity of humans to cooperate in huge groups of genetically unrelated individuals. Yet influential critics, including Richard Dawkins and Steven Pinker, continue to reject it. This timely and important book is a welcome entrant to this intense scientific debate. The stakes are high, because understanding how cooperation evolved and can be maintained is key to solving the Tragedy of the Commons problems at both local and global levels.”—Peter Turchin, author of Ultrasociety (2015) and Professor at University of Connecticut, USA

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • An Intellectual History of Multilevel Selection from Darwin to Dawkins

    Pages 1-40

    Figueredo, Aurelio José (et al.)

  • An Intellectual History of Multilevel Selection: Reformulation and Resuscitation

    Pages 41-70

    Hertler, Steven C. (et al.)

  • Theoretical Foundations of Multilevel Selection Among Humans

    Pages 71-99

    Hertler, Steven C. (et al.)

  • Aggregation: From Ethnic and Regional Competition to Group Selection at the Level of States and Nations

    Pages 101-136

    Hertler, Steven C. (et al.)

  • Growth, Maintenance, Control, and Competition

    Pages 137-174

    Hertler, Steven C. (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Multilevel Selection
Book Subtitle
Theoretical Foundations, Historical Examples, and Empirical Evidence
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-49520-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-49520-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-49519-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
LII, 359
Number of Illustrations
9 b/w illustrations, 10 illustrations in colour
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