- Sexual Selection:o “What do you get when you combine a computer with anything else? A computer.”Analyze the evolutionary dynamics of particular ideas or memesGenerate examples of survival adaptations of memes- Aligning with the fitness of the host makes longevity of survival more likely-Being stored away on the internet, or some medium where it can continually be accessedGenerate examples of reproductive adaptations of memes- utilizing social media, advantageous advertising, etc. to bolster reproductive activity and go “viral”Estimate the generation time of a memeExplain how memes interact with our evolved psychology (what makes a meme compelling?)- social brain hypothesis and fundamental motives?Describe how ideas can manipulate us- ideas can manipulate us when they are misaligned with our fitness. This can happen all the time; for example, when artificial intelligence collects data on buying behavior on Amazon without informed consent, or Russian bots in the election. Also, consider how false advertising and fake news can manipulate as wellIdentify memes with aligned and mis-aligned fitness interests with us- We are often motivated to act based on the ideas in our heads. This is most apparent when the fitness interests of the memes are misaligned with (antagonistic to) our own fitness interests. Suicide bombing is perhaps the most dramatic example of this. The memes that inspire the bombing clearly benefit from the media attention and political fallout of the violence, while their hosts are killed.Distinguishing between your fitness interests and your values- This falls under the naturalistic fallacy. Important to separate what objectively is vs what “ought” to be- ????Explain how cultural evolution can impact genetic evolution and vice versa- an example of this would be the drastic cultural change in dietary habits to do agricultural
development, and how this had led to a development of lactate persistence. This displays how culture impacted genetics- Vice versa, our genetic propensity to carry out certain acts, such as reflect a need for attention/prestige (fundamental motives). Society is constructed around thisCog: 1.In the study of cultural evolution, what is a meme?a.A unit of cultural inheritance2.When memes compete in the “marketplace of ideas,” why might the best idea (for humans) not win out?d) All of the above3. Which example meme has aligned fitness interests with its human host?d) Jazzercise (a once popular form of exercise set to music)
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