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The Role of Ritual in the Evolution of Social Complexity: Five predictions and a drum roll

In his “Reflections on the French Revolution,” the great Anglo-Irish statesman and philosopher Edmund Burke declared: “In history a great volume is unrolled for our instruction, drawing the materials of future wisdom from the past errors and infirmities of mankind.” But since the 18thcentury when Burke penned these lines, the “great volume” to which he referred has grown so vast through the accumulated discoveries and writings of historians, classicists, archaeologists and others that “unrolling” it has become practically unthinkable. Until now…

Prof. Harvey Whitehouse has a new blog post on the Social Evolution Forum. You can read the full article HERE.

 

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