The Material World

Girls! Ladies! You know how difficult it is to get through that first date without him telling you a joke - chaps feel compelled to do it. Now, it seems, there is a scientific explanation.

Jokes are what behaviourists call sexual ornaments. The ability to tell them, to compose music or to paint pictures is the sign of a large brain and is the human equivalent of peacock feathers.

Male bower birds fiddle around for ages making their nests look lovely, and it seems that the one with the best nest has the biggest brain and gets the mates he wants.

Evolutionists Geoffrey Miller and Joah Madden lay their theories out, very attractively, for your inspection tonight.

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