Nothing in Popular Culture Makes Sense except in the Light of Evolution

  title={Nothing in Popular Culture Makes Sense except in the Light of Evolution},
  author={Gad Saad},
  journal={Review of General Psychology},
  pages={109 - 120}
  • G. Saad
  • Published 1 June 2012
  • Psychology, Biology
  • Review of General Psychology
An evolutionary lens can inform the study of cultural forms in a myriad of ways. These can be construed as adaptations, as exaptations (evolutionary byproducts), as gene–culture interactions, as memes, or as fossils of the human mind. Products of popular culture (e.g., song lyrics, movie themes, romance novels) are to evolutionary cultural theorists what fossils and skeletal remains represent to paleontologists. Although human minds do not fossilize or skeletonize (the cranium does), the… 

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