[Ads-l] Early Examples of "Virtue Signaling" or "Virtue Signalling"
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Mon Jan 18 14:27:36 EST 2021
On his Word Spy site, Paul McFedries cited a 2004 example from a Something
Awful forum post:
Virtue signaling at its most pedestrian.
--Al Cowens, “guy walking behind a kkk parade playing a tuba,” Something
Awful, August 11, 2004
The link to Something Awful is dead, but it's still available via Internet
Mark Peters mentioned this example in his 2015 Boston Globe column on
On Mon, Jan 18, 2021 at 2:17 PM James Eric Lawson <jel at nventure.com> wrote:
> Another Bulbulia article from a 2010 book: Religious Culture and
> Cooperative Prediction under Risk: Perspectives from Social
> Neuroscience, Joseph Bulbulia and Uffe Schjoedt; in Religion, Economy,
> and Cooperation, Ilkka Pyysiäinen, Walter de Gruyter, Jul 30, 2010.
> "This means that pious expressions provide a medium in which partners
> may express and evaluate genuine moral commitments. Importantly then,
> costly signalling holds that both the conservation of religion and its
> apparent irrationality can be accounted for by a single model, one that
> combines moral policing with virtue signalling."
> On 1/18/21 7:29 AM, Baker, John wrote:
> > Here is slightly earlier. From Joseph Bulbulia, Spreading Order:
> Religion, Cooperative Niche Construction, and Risky Coordination Problems,
> Biology & Philosophy (Jan. 2012) (Gale Academic OneFile): “Other cultural
> evolutionary models show that prestige and success biases may combine with
> imitative learning and virtue-signalling to favour religious cultural
> transmission (Henrich 2009).”
> > Although there is a 2012 cover date, the actual publication date is
> earlier. The article includes the following: “Received: 25 October
> 2010/Accepted: 27 September 2011/Published online: 25 October 2011.”
> > The Henrich 2009 source is listed in the bibliography as Henrich J
> (2009) The evolution of costly displays, cooperation, and
> religion:credibility enhancing displays and their implications for cultural
> evolution. Evol Human Behav 30:244-260. So possibly that would have an
> earlier use.
> > John Baker
> > On Jan 18, 2021, at 8:26 AM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at yale.edu>
> > External Email - Think Before You Click
> > I am trying to find examples of the term "virtue signaling" or "virtual
> signalling" earlier than 2012. Can anyone identify any such examples?
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