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The Human Swarm: How Our Societies Arise, Thrive, and Fall

Mark W. Moffett.
Item #: D01476
Format: Hardcover
Pages/Publication Date: 468 / 2019
Publisher: Basic.
ISBN: 9780465055685
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If a chimpanzee ventures into the territory of a different group, it will almost certainly be killed, but a New Yorker can fly to Los Angeles or Borneo with very little fear. Psychologists have long held that our biology puts an upper limit—about 150 people—on the size of our social groups. But human societies are in fact vastly larger. How do we manage to (usually) get along with each other? Drawing on findings in psychology, sociology, and anthropology to explain the social adaptations that bind large groups, biologist Mark Moffett considers how mankind created sprawling civilizations, and explores how societies develop, function, and fail.

 

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