Evolutionary status signaling
August 9, 2014 § 30 Comments
I suppose the adoption of evolutionary narratives by the neoreaction / dark enlightenment makes a kind of perverse sense. NRx/DE is obsessed with status signaling, propaganda for power, language as a way of generating behavior rather than sharing meaning, getting everything engineered/specified formally, and ‘successful memeplexes’ – bundles of ideas that are ‘successful’ in some material way independent of whether or not they are actually, you know, true or good.
Reductionism is great, though, because all the cool kids these days are reductionists. And adopting evolutionary narratives is a great way for modern people to signal status, despite the fact that evolutionary theory is a bunch of question-begging pseudo-metaphysical tommyrot.