Natural selection in cultural evolution: warfare versus peaceful diffusion

American Ethnologist Vol/Iss. 3 Published In Pages: 97-128
By Naroll, Raoul, Divale, William Tulio


"If warfare is the selective mechanism of cultural evolution, then militarily successful societies should tend to be higher on the scale of cultural evolution than militarily unsuccessful societies" (99-100)


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
tau-bNot Supportedabove .10.05UNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Cultural ComplexityUNKNOWNNONE
Military SuccessUNKNOWNInstigation Of War