Science suggests that RTs, #FFs, Comments, Links, Etc. Are Highly Intelligent Behaviors!

April 13, 2012

Science suggests that RTs, #FFs, Comments, Links, Etc. Are Highly Intelligent Behaviors!

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

Human intelligence presents certain challenges to how evolutionary biologists and armchair Darwinians attempt to explain how intelligence is selected. In fact, the wild-eyed speculations of the natural selection species of argument do not provide much insight. However, deep thinkers and scientists are giving more and more consideration to the social intelligence argument that suggests that higher intelligence is selected through the increasingly sophisticated demands of social interactions, human ambition, and culture.

The emphasis, of course, is on the increasing survivability (and flourishing) of those who effectively cooperate, collaborate, and mind share.

Said Albert Einstein on the subject:

A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.

All of which suggests that social media activities (retweets, #FFs, comments, curated links, etc.) are highly intelligent behaviors. Moreover, these social media behaviors contribute to increasing human intelligence across the species.

With greater intelligence, we may all hope for progress, freedom, and happiness. And not as fools will hope!

This may also explain why it is so hard for an intelligent and insightful nobody such as myself to get 100 RTs per week, 100 comments per blog post, or, perhaps, to be curated in a link.

An amusing explanation has been offered by a friend: our highly intelligent followers are operating a few intelligent points less than the highly-active curators, commenters, and practitioners of reciprocity. [grin]

Myself included – of course.

A brief clip from National Geographic’s “Ape Genius” documentary


My novel speculation on the role of social media in the natural selection for higher intelligence is based on the research of Luke McNally, Sam P. Brown, and Andrew L. Jackson, Cooperation and the evolution of intelligence, as it appears in the Proceedings B of the Royal Society, a prestigious biological research journal.

Stan Faryna
13 April 2012
Bucharest, Romania


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