A great quote from Tooby & Cosmides, from a chapter in Evolution, Literature, Film: A Reader (2010).
Tooby & Cosmides write:
`Like modern physics, Darwinian theory is subtle, strange, inhuman, and enormously successful as an explanatory system.
It has successfully explained why a great many of the functional design features of species, including humans, have the forms that they do.
As evolutionary psychologists have found, evolutionary theory also accounts precisely for a large number of features of the human mind, and their expressions in human behaviour.
Evolutionary theories of function elegantly predict and account for the existence and detailed structure of cooperation, aggression, sexual desire, love for one’s children and family, the dimensions of conflict or tension inside the family, sexual jealousy, the avoidance of incest, the formation of in-groups, and hundreds of other phenomena that organize human life in all cultures.’
For more on human nature, see this post.
So, Biological Evolution: uses the evolutionary algorithm – Selection, Variation, Transmission (with: genes)
While, Cultural Evolution: uses the evolutionary algorithm – Selection, Variation, Transmission (with memes, i.e. ideas, processes or products)
And – for more detail on the evolutionary systems (or, complexity) view of narrative and bioculture in general, see, this book chapter:
StoryAlity #132 – The holon/parton structure of the Meme, the unit of culture – and the narreme, or unit of story – book chapter (Velikovsky 2016)
And for a great consilience & creativity & evolution reading list, see:
StoryAlity #71 – On Consilience in the Arts / Humanities / Communication
Comments, always welcome.
High-RoI Story/Screenplay/Movie and Transmedia Researcher
The above is (mostly) an adapted excerpt, from my doctoral thesis: “Communication, Creativity and Consilience in Cinema”. It is presented here for the benefit of fellow screenwriting, filmmaking and creativity researchers. For more, see https://aftrs.academia.edu/JTVelikovsky
JT Velikovsky is also a produced feature film screenwriter and million-selling transmedia writer-director-producer. He has been a professional story analyst for major film studios, film funding organizations, and for the national writer’s guild. For more see: http://on-writering.blogspot.com/
Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly and Wolfe, Rustin (2000), ‘New Conceptions and Research Approaches to Creativity: Implications for a Systems Perspective of Creativity in Education’, in K. A. Heller, et al. (eds.), International Handbook of Giftedness and Talent (2nd edn.; Amsterdam; Oxford: Elsevier).
Tooby & Cosmides, reprinted in Boyd, B., Carroll, J., & Gottschall, J. (2010). Evolution, Literature and Film: A Reader. New York: Columbia University Press.
Velikovsky, J. T. (2016). `The Holon/Parton Theory of the Unit of Culture (or the Meme, and Narreme): In Science, Media, Entertainment and the Arts.‘ In A. Connor & S. Marks (Eds.), Creative Technologies for Multidisciplinary Applications. New York: IGI Global.
- StoryAlity #80 – Our civilizations were jerrybuilt around the biogram (EO Wilson) (storyality.wordpress.com)