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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.


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