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Why isn't everyone doing it? - Elizabeth Unexplained
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Why isn't everyone doing it?
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countertorque From: countertorque Date: July 14th, 2008 09:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Uhm, aren't we genetically programmed to want kids?
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: July 14th, 2008 10:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, that was my assumption. I took ethology at MIT, and the entire premise of that branch of study was that passing on our genes drives much of animal (and presumably human) behaviour. In fact psychohist should know this because he borrowed my text for that class eight years ago and I just noticed he never put it back with my books.
psychohist From: psychohist Date: July 14th, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not necessarily. We're genetically programmed to have kids, but that isn't the same thing as being genetically programmed to want them.

Our genetic programming happened in the absence of effective birth control. In that environment, we could be genetically programmed to have kids by:

(1) Being genetically programmed to want sex

(2) Being genetically programmed for an evolutionarily stable strategy that balances (a) being genetically programmed to care for kids once we have them, irrespective of whether we wanted them before, and (b) being genetically programmed to dump kids on partners (or others) to care for them.

I think the evidence indicates that most males, at least, are more strongly programmed to want sex than to want kids directly. Note that the fact that I think this is true does not mean that I approve of it.
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: July 14th, 2008 11:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, personally I want kids a whole lot more than I want sex. Of course, given how effective sex is at making me pregnant, that is the ideal situation from an evolutionary point of view for me.
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