24 JUN 2013 by ideonexus

 Complex Brains as an Advertisement for Genetic Fitness

The healthy brain theory suggests that our brains are different from those of other apes not because extrava- gantly large brains helped us to survive or to raise offspring, but because such brains are simply better advertisements of how good our genes are. The more complicated the brain, the easier it is to mess up. The human brain's great complexity makes it vulnerable to impairment through mutations, and its great size makes it physiologically costly. By producing behaviors such as languag...
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The cognitive tricks performed by our complex brains may not have a survival benefit, but they do advertise the overall fitness of our genes.