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Ultrasociality: When institutions make a difference

  • Petr Houdek (a1) (a2) (a3), Julie Novakova (a2) and Dan Stastny (a1) (a4)

We present arguments that the analogy between humans and social insects is coincidental, rather than based upon real similarities. In their claims, Gowdy & Krall largely omit the role of institutions in the formation of complex societies, warfare, and regulation. They also offer no strong explanation for the expansion of agriculture despite its early detrimental effects except the “mistake hypothesis” (cf. Diamond 1987).

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
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