Evolving Thoughts

Evolution, culture, philosophy and chocolate! John Wilkins' continuing struggle to come to terms with impermanence... "Humanus sum, nihil humanum a me alienum puto" - Terence

Saturday, May 27, 2006

How not to apply evolution to culture

Here is a small piece in the Korea Herald, by Arne Jernelov on how evolution explains cultural excellence. It's all about sexual selection, you see - if you do something that is very hard and very costly, you are attracting mates, and this explains sports, painting, literature and science. It is only coincidental that the author is a scientist (an environmental biochemist). I bet he also plays sport competitively.