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SexualselectionGradients

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                         Sexual Selection and Mind

 

 

 

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Why Sex? Wiki outlining the costs/benefits to Sexual Reproduction

 

BATEMAN'S PRINCIPLE

 

Zahavi and the Handicap Principle

 

The Sexy Son Hypothesis

 

RA Fisher and Runaway Sexual Selection

 

Self-Deception, Trivers, and Sexual Selection

 

 Sexual Selection on this wiki

 

THE COOLIDGE EFFECT

 

THORSTEIN VELBEN

 

PUNCTUATED EQUILIBRIA vs PHYLETIC GRADUALISM

 

 

DAWKINS and SELFISH GENES

MEMETICS / SEMIOTICS

KOINOPHILIA

SEXUAL DIMORPHISM

 

 


 

Major Contributors to Evolutionary Theory

 

DARWIN

WALLACE

LAMARK

RA FISHER

WD HAMILTON

WILSON

MAYNARD SMITH

GOULD

DAWKINS

ZAHAVI

 

 

 

 


Extras:

 

Sexual Selection and the Deweyian Aesthetic of Language

 

The Ornamental Mind

 

LESSON I

 

LESSON II

 

 

"Historically, the proscription of speculation in science has been unproductive, justified only by the strange illusion that no knowledge is better than some. Broad integrative theories of origin have traditionally predicted, synthesized, and inspired experimental work. Such theories have often preceded the strong confirmatory data upon which they would stand or fall; their function has been heuristic and imaginative, and their virtue has resided less in their correctness than in their ability to provide direction. Cognitive science needs more such theories, and more of that speculative wonder and respect for the whole that has raised other fields to such spectacular heights."

- Merlin Donald, Origins of the Modern Mind

 

 

 

Evolutionary Psychology: Theoretical Foundations:

 

EP - Cosmides and Tooby.pdf

 

Comment on initial browse of Cosmides and tooby, to be supplemented with an actual reading:

 

ok, thanks, the computational model seems to beg the question - that living systems are best mapped as \"computational\" or \"cognitive\" processes seems to be what EP should prove, not what it should assume - but let's put this next to the early formulations of sexual selection and the evolutionary study of mind so we can get a sense of the drift and the differences. Since this was a major issue of disagreement between Wallace and Darwin, we should follow that closely. The goal will be to comprehend the full scope of sexual selection ideas and seek to begin integrating them more fully into an analysis of the evolution of human consciousness. Miller's text will be our point of departure, then backwards to history. Just for the sake of the \"Recapitulation" fetish often found in biological discourse, let's recapitualate the history of sexual selection and mind and see what happens.

 

"A large part of the popularity and persuasiveness

of psychology comes from its being a sublimated

spiritualism: a secular, obtensibly scientific way of

affirming the primacy of 'spirit' over 'matter'"

- Susan Sontag

 

I go everywhere in my student coat, now and then slap someone on the back, and say: siamo contenti? son dio, ho fatto questa caricatura

("Is everything okay? I am god, this farce is my creation")

- Nietzsche, margin note in 1889 letter

 

Humans think they are smarter than dolphins because we build

cars and buildings and start wars etc., and all that dolphins

do is swim in the water, eat fish and play around. Dolphins

believe that they are smarter for exactly the same reasons.

- Douglas Adams

 

Links

 

http://darwin-online.org.uk/

 

http://www.life.umd.edu/emeritus/reveal/pbio/darwin/darwindex.html

 

 

 

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