Wednesday, 3 November 2004

Cultural creativity is all about scoring sex

'The most dramatic examples of human culture, such as ritual, music, art, ideology, and language-play, seem like energetically expensive wastes of time, to someone thinking in terms of the survival of the fittest.
The costs and aesthetics of cultural behaviour that make it so inexplicable in survival terms make it perfect as a set of reliable fitness indicators that help advertise one’s superiority over sexual competitors.'
from Geoffrey F. Miller: 'Sexual Selection For Cultural Displays'

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