Talk:Social evolution

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The first sentence[edit]

13th July 2006: I have undone some of "Jarfingle"'s 10th July 2006 edit, because the first sentence did not make sense.

Update: on the 14th July, Jarfingle has reversed this edit. We are again left with a first sentence that is not a sentence.

I reverted your edits because
1) It wasn't a sentence
2) Didn't include "social evolution" in the title which my version did.
I'm afraid I don't see where you're coming from about the sentence not being sentence, looks ok to me. Feel free to edit it, but try to keep "social evolution" in there.Jarfingle 06:36, 15 July 2006 (UTC)

Redirect to Sociocultural Evolution[edit]

The removal of the content of this article and the redirection to 'sociocultural evolution' seems rather drastic. I have removed the redirect, and restored the content. Social evolution is a thriving field within the larger discipline of evolutionary biology, and it extends well beyond humans, embracing cooperatively-breeding vertebrates, insects, amoebae, bacteria and even viruses. This is not evident from the very anthropocentric article on sociocultural evolution, so I do think that social evolution requires its own article.

As an illustration, I have included a reference in the article to Steven Frank's "Foundations of social evolution", which is a highly-respected and relatively recent synthesis of this field. Frank has helpfully included a PDF of his book on his website, so I have provided a link to this here. Ayeaye 18:30, 2 Aug 2006.

Philosophical Assumptions[edit]

What is the set of philosophical assumptions that underlie the categorization of the the fitness consequences of the actor and the recipient? What are we philosophically trying to answer? What are those constructs predicated upon? Stevenmitchell 03:49, 9 March 2007 (UTC)


Assuming this article is notable, is this the correct name? Shouldn't this be pointing to the more general and comprehensive article on Sociocultural evolution? --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| talk 18:24, 22 August 2010 (UTC)


This article could be improved by: 1. Adding more content. There is valid, helpful information, but only minimal amounts. 2. There could be different sections added to discuss the different types of social evolution and how they affect different organisms. 3. This article talks a little bit about social evolution and anthropology. I think this could be expanded and discussed more deeply in that subject area. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Hites.17 (talkcontribs) 03:32, 1 October 2014 (UTC)