Gad Saad Quotes

This is a compilation of my favorite Gad Saad quotes.

Gad Saad is a professor and evolutionary psychologist who teaches in the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University. He is popularly known for his work in applying evolutionary psychology to marketing and consumer behavior. Gad Saad is also an author, blogger and YouTube personality. He writes for Psychology Today and he also vlogs on his YouTube channel titled “The Saad Truth”.

The books written by Gad Saad are The Parasitic Mind: How Infectious Ideas Are Killing Common Sense, The evolutionary bases of consumption and The Consuming Instinct: What Juicy Burgers, Ferraris, Pornography, and Gift Giving Reveal About Human Nature

Here are some best Gad Saad quotes from his books and interviews:

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Famous Gad Saad Quotes

1. We envy people whose traits compete with our desirability as a mate. -Gad Saad

2. Roughly 90 percent of songs have mating as their central theme, and this holds true regardless of cultural setting or historical period. -Gad Saad

3. Humans have an evolved capacity to engage in self-deception in order to navigate through life in a delusional state of blissful ignorance. -Gad Saad

4. The desperate need to belong is perhaps never as great as during adolescence. Advertisers seek to communicate with teenagers by frequently using that powerful appeal. -Gad Saad

5. Some advice to the SJW castrati: Liberation is found through human agency. Each of us is an individual first with strengths & weaknesses. I am me. My group identities constitute parts of who I am but I expect people to judge me as an individual, not as a member of any group. Classical liberalism is founded on individual rights & freedoms. It is through this mindset that people flourish. Stop identity politics. I’m neither proud nor ashamed of my skin color. I am neither proud nor ashamed of my group affiliation. But I’m proud of my personhood.

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6. I quickly learned that most academic feminists were profoundly hostile to evolutionary psychology. -Gad Saad

7. The “us versus them” mindset coupled with our social nature implies that we have an innate need to belong to clearly defined in-groups. -Gad Saad

8. One problem we face today is that consequentialists make a virtue of having emotions cloud our judgments, not only to avoid hurt feelings but because emotion is seen as a sign of authenticity. -Gad Saad

9. A man with a conviction is a hard man to change. Tell him you disagree, and he turns away. Show him facts or figures, and he questions your sources. Appeal to logic, and he fails to see your point. -Gad Saad

10. Someone should advise women to stop fantasizing about courageous firefighters and heroic uniformed soldiers. There is a new sheriff in town who epitomizes a progressive definition of masculinity: Apathetic Cowardly Bystander Man. -Gad Saad

Best Gad Saad Quotes

11. Beware of those trying to impress you with confusing word salads. -Gad Saad

12. An infinite advertising budget cannot counteract products that are disconnected from our biological heritage. -Gad Saad

13. When parasitized by such a conspiratorial and delusional mindset, the bikini becomes a sexist tool of the patriarchy whereas the burqa is liberating and freeing since it averts the male gaze. -Gad Saad

14. These politically correct language initiatives are misguided and harmful. They create highly entitled professional “victims” who expect to be free from any offense, and they engender a stifling atmosphere where all individuals walk on eggshells lest they might commit a linguistic capital crime.

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15. Literature provides us with the opportunity to escape into fictional worlds that are ultimately rooted in human universals shaped by common biological forces. -Gad Saad

16. Hope is an elixir of life. It is the engine that propels us forward in our pursuit of countless goals, all of which might otherwise be impossible to undertake if we were bereft of hope. -Gad Saad

17. Free societies do no recoil and the power of satire. They recognize that all beliefs and ideologies are fair game. Once we delimit what can be satirized, we are no longer living in a free society. -Gad Saad

Gad Saad Parasitic Mind Quotes

Gad Saad The Parasitic Mind quotes

18. Any human endeavor rooted in the pursuit of truth must rely on fact and not feelings. -Gad Saad

19. Science should be about the pursuit of truth, and not about the defense of one’s preferred political ideology or personal beliefs. -Gad Saad

20. There is no “black mind” or “white mind”, no “white male of knowing”, there is only one truth, and we find it through the scientific method. -Gad Saad

21. Do not fear the loss of a friendship. Anyone who is willing to end a relationship because of a reasoned difference of opinion is not worthy of your friendship. -Gad Saad

22. The Ideological Conformity of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Progressives seem to believe that if they say the words “diversity, inclusion, and equity” often enough, all problems will be solved. But of course only certain types of diversity, inclusion, and equity matter. Diversity based on race, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity are foundational sacraments in the Cult of Diversity. On the other hand, intellectual and political diversity are heretical ideas that need to be expunged.

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23. To be a truly wise person requires that we recognize those domains best served by our intellect versus those best guided by our emotions. -Gad Saad

24. We are both thinking and feeling animals. The challenge is to know when to activate the cognitive (thinking) versus the affective (feeling) systems. -Gad Saad

25. The greater the number of people present, the less likely an individual is to help someone in need because it is easier to rationalize that someone else will do it. -Gad Saad

26. If you want to know what’s wrong with higher education, this reversal of traditional university priorities—with social justice now at the top and scholarship lower on the totem pole—is a good place to start. -Gad Saad

27. In the West, the ideological indoctrination is subtler. It is achieved by an ethos of political correctness and best enforced by creating university campuses that lack intellectual diversity. Political correctness is like the sting of the spider wasp. Recall that the afflicted spider is dragged to the wasp’s burrow in a zombie-like state and is subsequently eaten in vivo by the wasp’s offspring. -Gad Saad