We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Food isnít about Nutrition Clothes arenít about Comfort Bedrooms arenít about Sleep Marriage isnít about Romance Talk isnít about Info Laughter isnít about Jokes Charity isnít about Helping Church isnít about God Art isnít about Insight Medicine isnít about Health Consulting isnít about Advice School isnít about Learning Research isnít about Progress Politics isnít about Policy
His conclusion: "We signal covertly and unconsciously because our ancestors were strongly punished for overt and conscious signals."
Signaling theory is interesting, but I do not accept the reductionistic notion that signaling is all that people do when they are together (I should say, neither does Robin H.).