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The Evolution of Complexity in Human Societies and Its Mathematical Expression

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Social evolution reflects the need of societies to increase their organization if they are to remain integrated as they grow in size. Autonomous villages that become larger without at the same time elaborating their structure, generally fission. The rate at which a growing village must increase its structure to keep from splitting seems to be proportional to the 2/3 power of its population. As chiefdoms and states emerge, though, and villages lose their autonomy, a higher rate of structural elaboration may be required to keep these larger societies unified.


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