Crackpot: The Obsessions of John Waters by John Waters

By John Waters

Crackpot, initially published in 1986, is John Waters' brilliantly exciting litany of strange and fascinationg humans, areas and issues. From Baltimore to la, from William fortress to Pia Zadora, from the nationwide Enquirer to Ronald Reagan's colon, Waters explores the depths of our tradition. And he dispenses necessary recommendation alongside the way in which: how to not make a film, the best way to turn into well-known (read: infamous), and naturally, the way to such a lot successfully surprise and make our nation's public snicker even as. Loaded with bonus positive aspects, this new distinct version is absolute to depart you absolutely psychological.

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Instead both are caused by a drop in atmospheric pressure. The same might be true of a “cultural” phenomenon like the resemblance of young people’s food preferences to those of their parents. Perhaps children learn what to eat by observing their parents’ behavior and mimicking it. Such a scenario suggests that tastes for particular foods are memes being duplicated through social learning. But alternatively the correlation in consumption habits between generations could be due to a universal, inborn Set of taste buds that bias the learning of each person as they acquire a knowledge of what foods taste good through individual trial and error.

We need to run through these theoretical alternatives to see if we can eliminate any of them on other grounds besides adherence to the Darwinian program. The challenge faced by memetics, as one of the applicants for the job of explaining cultural evolution, will come into much better focus once we have distinguished these alternatives. SOCIOBIOLOGY The first “modern” evolutionary theory of society and culture to arise was sociobiology. O. Wilson’s authoritative book, whose title, Sociobiology, gave the discipline its name.

Basically the brain is an invisible intermediary and can be ignored because it does its job perfectly, translating the needs of the organism into the optimally correct behavioral response. The presumption is simply that whatever is required, selection will have produced it. A considerable number of studies show that various human behaviors do tend to maximize some measure of fitness, as exacted by the tenets of sociobiology. Typically the empirical test is whether some characteristic correlates well with the number of offspring an individual has, which is taken as a good approximation of fitness.

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