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10. From Puppy Love To Faithful Love

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The essay of this chapter is a constructive criticism of sociobiology, a science that seeks to identify the roots of human conduct in the social behavior found in the older species of the kingdom Animalia. The tool for the criticism is the hierarchical theory of time. The evolutionary significance and role of symbolic causes the language peculiar to the social process cannot be interpreted and appreciated without acknowledging the nested hierarchy of integrative levels that comprise humans and their societies. Faithful love of adults subsumes and integrates its evolutionarily and developmentally earlier forms. The chapter sketches a hierarchical theory of time and applies it to a number of problems in the study of biological and social structures. The concept of umwelts is easily formulated for different sensory systems. This greatly enlarged scheme of the idea of species-specific universes is the extended umwelt principle.

Keywords: extended umwelt principle; hierarchical theory of time; kingdom Animalia; sociobiology; species-specific universes



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