So today that the old school religions are losing customers not all of the lost ones describe themselves as atheists, right? Apart from the ones that don’t bother with worldview issues, there has appeared a new very effective trend. This trend has made a combination of buddhist religions and quantum mechanics. The buddhist religions offer them the wisdom of the old times together with an attitude of positivity. The quantum mechanics offer two things. First of all the authority. Secondly the fact that is the most complicated scientific field makes it easy for them to talk in authorative manner without anyone understanding a single thing, not even themselves. But how can I be sure that not even the teachers understand what they say? I can know that because not even the greatest quantum physicists talk so easily about that same issues. Some call it New Age movement but of course it has plenty of streams like all the trends. It started sometime in the second half of the 20th century by saying yes to spirituality and no to religiousness. You can easily recognize the people that like this product. All of them talk a lot about “energy” and they are or are in the process of becoming “spiritual”
So the mind in the same way can be working as a great fitness indicator. Its complex and costly behaviors such as art and language might be advertising our fitness to potential mates. If sexual selection favored the minds that advertised high fitness, our creative intelligence could have evolved not because it gives us any survival advantage, instead because it is so difficult to be achieved and do not help more than moderately in our survival. It is not only humans that use complex behavior to advertise their fitness. Songbirds’ fitness indicators are repeated complicated melodious songs. Fruitflies do little dances in front of one another to reveal their genetic quality. To understand better, all these fitness indicators are what advertisements are to products. They are costly, excessive and luxurious. Dancing, language, humor, creative intelligence, all are evolutionary luxuries, none of them helped more than moderately to our survival. As fascist as it may sound, all these in the very end is another way to say “I am fit, my genes are good, mate with me”.