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StoryAlity #79 – These instincts are highly complex (Charles Darwin

Check out the *big brain* on Brett-!Quote from The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation To Sex by Charles Darwin (1871)

The quote below is from a chapter in Evolution, Literature, Film: A Reader (2010).

`…the intellect must have been all-important to [humankind] even at a very remote period, as enabling him to invent and use language, to make weapons, tools, traps, etc., whereby with the aid of his social habits he long ago became the most dominant of all living creatures… the continued use of language will have reacted on the brain and produced an inherited effect; and this again will have reacted on the improvement of language…

The development of the moral qualities is a more interesting problem. The foundation lies in the social instincts, including under this term the family ties. These instincts are highly complex, and in the case of the lower animals give special tendencies towards certain definite actions; but the more important elements are love, and the distinct emotion of sympathy.

Animals endowed with the social instincts take pleasure in one another’s company, warn one another of danger, defend and aid one another in many ways.

These instincts do not extend to all the individuals of the species, but only to those of the same community. As they are highly beneficial to the species, they have in all probability been acquired through natural selection.’

If you want more on that `evolution of morals’ stuff, see Hierarchy In The Forest:

This is why most of the top 20 RoI films are about some villain (some bully, who is trying for social dominance) and people (protagonists) trying to take them down.

The Top 20 RoI Films - StoryAlity Theory (Velikovsky 2013)

Thoughts and Comments, always most welcome.


JT Velikovsky

Film Story Analyst/Researcher and High RoI Film/Story/Screenplay Guru

The above is an adapted excerpt from my doctoral thesis: “Understanding And Exploring The Relationship Between: Creativity; Theories Of Narratology; Screenwriting; And Narrative Fiction Feature Film-Making Practices.” It is presented here for the benefit of fellow screenwriting and filmmaking researchers.

JT Velikovsky is a produced feature film screenwriter and million-selling transmedia writer-director-producer. He has been a professional story analyst for major film studios, film funding organizations, and the national writer’s guild. For more see:


Boyd, B, Carroll, J & Gottschall, J (2010) Evolution, Literature, and Film: a Reader, Columbia University Press, New York.

Anti-Darwin letter from my local paper

by late_night_lurker

Darwin's words dispute theory of evolution
With all the buzz about Charles Darwin's birthday, these quotes are insightful:
"To postulate that the development and survival of the fittest is entirely a consequence of chance mutations seems to me a hypothesis based on no evidence and irreconcilable with the facts. These classical evolutionary theories are a gross oversimplification of an immensely complex and intricate mass of facts; and it amazes me that they are swallowed so uncritically and readily, and for such a long time, by so many scientists without a murmur of protest

Man your dumb just read his book

by YAblows

Quotes Charles Darwin as saying:"Often a cold shudder has run through me, and I have asked myself whether I may have not devoted myself to a fantasy."(Charles Darwin, Life and Letters, 1887, Vol. 2, p. 229) Evolutionism's "Flaws" and "Holes" (
http:// Print_EvolutionismsFlawsandHol
ies/02.shtml) tells us: In the fifth place, even the father of evolution, Charles Darwin, had serious doubts about his own theory. Shortly after Darwin published his infamous book on the origin of species, he wrote in a letter to Charles Lyell: “I have asked myself whether I may not have devoted my life to a fantasy

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