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I think Richard Dawkins's work on animal signals may shed some light on religious ideas as phenotypic tools for deception and manipulation. If culture is an adaptive product of evolution, then certain political and religious ideas themselves may be effective manipulative signals that influence the behavior of others, for the genetic benefit of the manipulators. Likewise, we should expect mind reading mechanisms to evolve to counter the manipulative influence of certain ideas, and an arms race to ensue. Religious memes may be especially virulent because they are products of both genetic and cultural evolution towards better and better manipulative signals.

Sat, 02 Jan 2010 22:18:00 UTC | #427817

Go to: Part 2 of Richard Dawkins's interview in Brazil at the Flip literary festival

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Thanks hadespussercats.

Fri, 21 Aug 2009 05:07:00 UTC | #390321

Go to: Part 2 of Richard Dawkins's interview in Brazil at the Flip literary festival

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Great interview. I am a bit confused about the concept of heritability though. Isn't heritability a measure of the percent to which differences between individuals can be explained by differences in their genes? Because a pair of monozygotic twins share 100% of their genes, shouldn't they have 0% heritability because the environment accounts for all the differences? If anyone could clear this up for me I would appreciate it.

Thu, 20 Aug 2009 18:14:00 UTC | #390222

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