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26 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 28 March 2007 05:49PM

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Comment author: _Gi 29 March 2007 06:24:25PM 0 points [-]

The all-powerful tribal chieftan is a position, like an office of the President. No matter who occupies the position, it is the position that is given respect. Hunter-gatherer tribes have men of respect (tribal chiefs), and that respect is based only on personal accomplishment, persuasiveness and wisdom, because the tribes are too small for the hierarchy. So, the tribal-chief is not the all-powerful tribal chieftan. One is a man, the other is the position.