Sturm-Liouville theory by Zettl A.

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The prerequisite that a psychological theory must meet to participat e i n the SSS M is that an y evolved component, process, o r mechanism must be equipotential, content-free, content-independent, general-purpose, domaingeneral, and so on (the technical terms vary with movement and era). In short, these mechanisms must be constructed in such a way that they can absorb any kind of cultural message or environmental input equally well. Moreover, their structures must themselves impose no particular substantive content on culture.

102). Step 8. The SSSM maintains that the generator of complex and meaningful organization in human life is some set of emergent processes whose determinants are realized at the grou p level. The sociocultura l leve l is a distinct, autonomous , an d self caused realm: "Culture i s a thing sui generis which can be explained only in terms of itself.... Omnis cultura ex cultura" (Lowie, 1917/1966, p. 25-26). For Alfred Kroeber, "the onl y antecedents o f historical phenomen a are historical phenomena" (Kroe ber, 1917) .

Advance s in recent decades in a number of different disciplines, including evolutionary biology, cognitive science, behavioral ecology, psychology, huntergatherer studies , socia l anthropology , biologica l anthropology , primatology , and neurobiology have made clear for the first time the nature of the phenomena studied by social scientists and the connections of those phenomena to the principles and findings in the rest of science. This allows a new model to be 24 EVOLUTIONARY AND PSYCHOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS constructed—the Integrated Causal Model—to replace the Standard Social Science Model.

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