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Rule of Dwindling Importance

The rule of dwindling mutual importance with increasing evolutionary distance states that the greater the evolutionary distance between master and slave fauceirs the more negligible its mutual impact.


The greater the evolutionary distance the fewer sub-fauceirs are shared and therefore the fewer sub-fauceirs can interact and mutually exchange information.


  1. The first screen writing software imitated typewriter as much as possible. Electronic communications systems such as twitter came significantly later.
  2. The hierarchy of social rules show that legislation is less dependent on biological fauceirs than is religion.
  3. An ancient ruler who maintained personal contact to his people, could be influenced by those people more directly than modern democratic rules, who are mostly immune to their people. See also decontectulization.

Evolutionary Distance

Evolutionary Distance is the difference in evolutionary levels. Evolutionary levels can only be measured if evolutionary progress is assumed, so the determination of evolutionary distance requires measurement of evolutionary progress.


By contrast, many evolutionary biologists who deny progress measure evolutionary distance only by the extend of DNA changes that can be measured statistically. However many evolutionary rules outlined here on these pages cannot be applied without accepting evolutionary progress.

The rule of dwindling influence with increasing evolutionary distance belongs to those rules.

Hierarchy Of Social Rules

Social Rules are slave fauceirs of social groups specifically designed to keep control of group member's behavior. The hierarchy proposed on this page is based on evolutionary distance. Three groups can be distinguished.

  1. Biologically determined rules, which constitute basically biological fauceir.
  2. Religious rules, which are based on humans higher intellectual capabilities involving language, music, imagination and even some aspects of rational thinking
  3. Legislative rules, which are thought to be fully rationally determined to enhance a social group's competitiveness.

Biological Rules

Biological rules have their origin predominantly in the animal kingdom, although even some bacteria show social behavior when forming colonies. The social behavior of animals is controlled by biological fauceirs, such a biological chemicals (cytokines, pheromones, hormones) and in higher organisms neuronal activities.

Examples of such social behavioral patterns are search for mating partners, the bee hive cooperation, and striving for becoming an alpha male. The principle is that by such biological fauceirs the expected social behavior is rewarded and deviations receive some sort of punishment.

Religious Rules

By contrast to the former, religious rules employ fauceirs that are rooted in higher neuronal functions, only present in humans. By language, music and visual stimuli imaginations are inspired that also maintain a system of reward and punishment.

Examples of social behavior controlled by religious rules do not only provide the current great religions, which are highly developed and quite perfected, but also the more primitive natural religions and superstition, still alive among many social groups, belong to this kind of social rules. The mechanisms through which these fauceirs act are frenzy, hysteria, anxiety, and peer pressure, for instance.

Legislative Rules

Legislative rules entered the play when there was a shift in importance of an individuals behavior in a social group, when these individuals these members of a social group became more involved in social life than merely struggling for their biological persistance, providing food and propagate. Legislative rules became essential when humans began to evolve economical relationships.

Examples are not only our laws and our constitution. Forerunners of such laws were made when people began to exchange products. Trading people were required to keep some reliable rules not just imagination as with religion.

Friedrich August von Hayek

Friedrich August von Hayek (1899-1992) is an Austrian economist.

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His contribution to fauceir theory is twofold.

  1. He wholeheartedly supported liberalism and by developing arguments he discovered that liberty and freedom are prerequisites for social progress.
  2. He discovered similar evolutionary rules in a social fauceir.

Hayek On Cultural Evolution

How F.A.v. Hayek described social evolution is shown in this video.

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Hayek can be considered kind of a Vordenker of fauceir theory. His view that social rules, evolve by group selection, is pure fauceir theory applied. The group of human individuals is nothing else but the fauceir in his example.

Still Hayek's concept fails to embrace all aspects of social evolution. As social groups are only one of a myriad of social fauceirs, there is more to social evolution than just competition of social groups.

  1. Although, as Hayek correctly stated, social rules such a morality are not based on rational considerations, they still have a purpose that is rationally explicable and evolved driven by rationality.
  2. Only fauceir theory can explain the interplay between those social rules and other fauceirs, such biological traits (hormones and behavioral patterns), climate, and geographical factors, to name only a few.
  3. Next, fauceir theory can propose a scale by which social rules and social progress can be estimated.

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