Human identity and the evolution of societies.

  title={Human identity and the evolution of societies.},
  author={Mark W. Moffett},
  journal={Human nature},
  volume={24 3},
Human societies are examined as distinct and coherent groups. This trait is most parsimoniously considered a deeply rooted part of our ancestry rather than a recent cultural invention. Our species is the only vertebrate with society memberships of significantly more than 200. We accomplish this by using society-specific labels to identify members, in what I call an anonymous society. I propose that the human brain has evolved to permit not only the close relationships described by the social… CONTINUE READING
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