Socio-cultural Evolution

Sociocultural evolution describes the process of evolution as it acts on macro-scale social systems of all kind. Sociocultural evolution through a process of variation, selection, and duplication of social structures and cultural constructs leads over time to create complexity. Evolution operates through a number of key stages, that need to be performed successfully for the process to be effective. Including firstly the production of variety in order to create new sets of possible solutions to the changing context, with those variants then needing to be exposed to their operating environment in order to see how effective they are within that context, and finally we talked about the need for some objective mechanism for selecting and replicating those that have been successful while discontinuing those that have not. Through this process of evolution, sociocultural systems can develop to exhibit greater complexity as the parts become both more differentiated and interdependent within the whole.


About Giorgio Bertini

Research Professor. Founder Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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