The glut of big-budget tentpoles left even less room than usual for specialty pics to spread out and catch audience attention this summer. Fewer limited releases earned over .5 million than in 20, and the season’s top-grossing indie so far, “The Way Way Back,” with .8 million, pales in comparison with summer specialty successes of the past half-decade.This story first appeared in the August 20, 2013 issue of Variety. “It’s been incredibly difficult for smaller movies to have extended runs,” says Fox Searchlight co-prexy Steve Gilula.Perhaps the most counterintuitive one on first blush is the idea that many traits, such as antlers, are positively costly and exist only to signal robust health which can incur the cost without debility.The idea was outlined by Amotz Zahavi in The Handicap Principle in the 1970s.A more capricious and erratic form of sexual selection is “runaway,” which like genetic drift needs no rhyme or reason.Rather, arbitrary initial preferences can become coupled with heritable preference in a positive feedback loop which drives the mean phenotypic value of a population off the previous median, until natural selection enforces a countervailing pressure once the trait starts to become excessively maladaptive (e.g., imagine selection for longer and longer tail feathers until the ability of a bird to fly is inhibited).In The Third Chimpanzee Jared Diamond endorsed Darwin’s thesis that sexual selection could explain the origin of human races, as each isolated population extended their own particular aesthetic preferences.
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