26 Dec '11, 4pm

Homo imitato #singapore

Homo imitato #singapore

What I find troubling with the above analysis is the tacit equation of copying behaviour with stupidity. Surely copying is not totally passive. People make choices as to what to imitate and which ideas to take on board. In many situations, one is presented with different new ways of doing or thinking, which may be mutually exclusive, in addition to the option of just sticking with the old. In making a choice, some intelligence must surely be operating. It may be faulty in that the application of intelligence or rationality, or whatever form it takes, occurs in a setting of incomplete information or of subconscious bias (something I will come back to in a minute), but the long-term record of our species suggests that on the whole, the choices that the 99 or 99.9 percent make and which drive the cultural evolution of which Pagel speaks, has been remarkably successful. Here, ...

Full article: http://yawningbread.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/homo-imitato/

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