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Mind Made for Mating
A Mind Made for Mating by Jason Silva, inspired by Geoffrey Miller and his book The Mating Mind.
The human brain is essentially a sexual ornament, a “courtship device," so that its extraordinary capacities for art, language, and poetry are but human versions of the peacock feather, used to capture and manage the attention of potential mates. With the advent of culture, we still employ these extraordinary capacities, these “technologies of rhetoric” to ‘capture the attention’ of others. Except it's no longer to spread our genes but to spread our MEMES, a new replicator, born from the primordial soup human culture, one that leaps and spreads. All of this is still perfectly natural; we’ve just swapped sperm for the currency of digital information. But as Dawkins said, biological life has been an information technology all along: “If you want to understand life, do not think of throbbing gels or oozing liquids, think about information technology.” Tweet