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(BBC)   The human brain evolved to observe and mimic the behaviors of more successful people, which is why today we're all obsessed with what kind of car Terrell Owens drives   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 22
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2013-06-26 10:01:07 AM
Who?
 
2013-06-26 10:16:06 AM
who was the first chicken mimicking?
 
2013-06-26 10:16:55 AM
So liberals are less evolved?
 
2013-06-26 10:17:11 AM
I loved his brother in those Wes Anderson movies.
 
2013-06-26 10:19:29 AM
Then how do you explain the nouveau riche?
 
2013-06-26 10:20:38 AM

CapeFearCadaver: Who?


Football, I think.  He was one of the talented arrested ones, not one of the run of the mill or a quarterback.
 
2013-06-26 10:20:48 AM
Unlikely, considering we hate the rich.
 
2013-06-26 10:21:50 AM
An interesting theory, but that article could have been one third the length. I guess this guy is mimicking Tolstoy.
 
2013-06-26 10:22:53 AM
And another writer with little or no actual understanding is showing words in print and making chit up out of thin air.
'Course, it would be nice if people as a whole were just that easy.
 
2013-06-26 10:24:34 AM

mike_d85: CapeFearCadaver: Who?

Football, I think.  He was one of the talented arrested ones, not one of the run of the mill or a quarterback.


I don't think he got arrested for anything? Just known for being a dick to his teammates.

Still, kinda strange that that's subby's first association with the term "successful people".
 
2013-06-26 10:24:42 AM
There is probably an innate drive to succeed, even if some members of the human race seem to have bred this out of themselves. Mimicking successful people is a natural way to attempt to gain the same types of success without having to create new behaviors that are not as likely to result in success.
 
2013-06-26 10:28:06 AM
 Which is why to this day I remain, "He whom others can only hope to imitate".
 
2013-06-26 10:30:56 AM
This headline has reminded me of an observation my brother keeps making... You have to spend extra money to remove embellishments from products.  Sounds backwards but think about it.  If you want to buy a plain button up shirt, you will have to spend more money than one with gold lettering stamped on it or a tiger stiched into it.  You think "of course, I'd never wear that and it sucks!"  Consider it for a second.  A company takes a plain shirt, ADDS something to it and it's MORE EXPENSIVE before they did anything.

Think of L.L. Bean, a fairly expensive product.  There are virtually no embellishments to their staple products that everyone gets.  Now think of the "knockoff" products.  Those fleece knockoffs that Old Navy Makes have a giant "Old Navy" stamped across the entire chest.  A Mossimo golf shirt will have stencils screen printed on them.

As far as I can tell, there are 3 grades of every product known to man: Plain Crap (K-Mart specializes in this), Embellished Product (covering basically all mid-range products AND crap), UnEmbellished Product.
 
2013-06-26 10:34:23 AM
I shall immediately go get my hair cut like Donald Trump!

You may laugh at me now, but just wait til the millions start rolling in!
 
2013-06-26 10:35:25 AM
We are?
 
2013-06-26 10:41:49 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: There is probably an innate drive to succeed, even if some members of the human race seem to have bred this out of themselves. Mimicking successful people is a natural way to attempt to gain the same types of success without having to create new behaviors that are not as likely to result in success.


this is probably true, but how do you define success? A lot of people think money=success, but I don't think that money has been around long enough for it to have an evolutionary impact. Success from a natural selection point of view just means "healthy, capable of reproduction, and capable of raising offspring."  money only helps with the last one, and it doesn't even guarantee it.
 
2013-06-26 10:42:59 AM

neversubmit: Then how do you explain the nouveau riche?


Mimic behavior is ingrained early in life


i44.tinypic.com
 
2013-06-26 10:50:35 AM
www.wizards.com
 
2013-06-26 10:58:51 AM

kriegsgeist: AverageAmericanGuy: There is probably an innate drive to succeed, even if some members of the human race seem to have bred this out of themselves. Mimicking successful people is a natural way to attempt to gain the same types of success without having to create new behaviors that are not as likely to result in success.

this is probably true, but how do you define success? A lot of people think money=success, but I don't think that money has been around long enough for it to have an evolutionary impact. Success from a natural selection point of view just means "healthy, capable of reproduction, and capable of raising offspring."  money only helps with the last one, and it doesn't even guarantee it.


The definition probably changes a lot as you progress through life. For toddlers, it's parents. For elementary and middle school kids, it's popular kids. For high school kids, it's athletes and popular kids. For adults, it's rich or virile or powerful adults.

And of course there's a lot of overlap.
 
2013-06-26 11:25:54 AM
Why did the Mobius Strip cross the road?

/film @ 11
 
2013-06-26 11:48:16 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: kriegsgeist: AverageAmericanGuy: There is probably an innate drive to succeed, even if some members of the human race seem to have bred this out of themselves. Mimicking successful people is a natural way to attempt to gain the same types of success without having to create new behaviors that are not as likely to result in success.

this is probably true, but how do you define success? A lot of people think money=success, but I don't think that money has been around long enough for it to have an evolutionary impact. Success from a natural selection point of view just means "healthy, capable of reproduction, and capable of raising offspring."  money only helps with the last one, and it doesn't even guarantee it.

The definition probably changes a lot as you progress through life. For toddlers, it's parents. For elementary and middle school kids, it's popular kids. For high school kids, it's athletes and popular kids. For adults, it's rich or virile or powerful adults.

And of course there's a lot of overlap.


I think it's important to chose our role models wisely, because we naturally follow, so might as well make a choice in which direction.
Celebrities / athletes are poor examples to emulate, since their career / lifestyle is drastically different than mine.
It's important to have a number of role models for different things.  Like Jon Stewart for Comedian.  Jobs for manager.  Rick from Pawn Stars for negotiations.  Or better yet, Jack Donohey from 30 Rock.

It certainly beats following Gordon Gekko, Donald Trump, and the Situation from the Shore as role models.

BTW, here's what a mob of people trying to 'become celebrities' looks like (sad):
www.csmonitor.com
American Idol auditions line
 
2013-06-26 12:04:19 PM
"successful" means bankrupt? He's probably riding the bus.
 
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