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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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firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: July 14th, 2008 10:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
But in theory the same original biological imperatives tell Warren to go and reproduce with lots and lots of women, yes? But our rational decisions and emotional responses can presumably override and even replace our instincts.
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: July 14th, 2008 11:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
1) Actually, monogamy is advantageous for males in certain k selected species.

2) My Warren???! Not unless he's secretly been replaced by a space alien.
psychohist From: psychohist Date: July 15th, 2008 01:47 am (UTC) (Link)
One thing that's really been brought home to me by having Margaret is just how helpless human newborns are. She's just the kind of snack a hyena could easily carry off if she weren't being watched 24/7. That doesn't give Elizabeth much of a chance to forage for herself, so I figure my genes are better served by bringing back hunks of ungulate flesh for Elizabeth while she guards Margaret.

Oh, and the reason Elizabeth is doing the guarding is because she has a more impressive weapon collection than I do!
kirisutogomen From: kirisutogomen Date: July 15th, 2008 03:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Dr. Tatiana tells me that males are no more likely to disproportionately benefit from promiscuity than are females. Plenty of species have promiscuous females and monogamous males. It's kind of hard to be sure what our genetic programming is, since there's no such thing as a "neutral culture" such that we could accurately control for culture.

Also, I should distinguish between the monogamy-with-cheating type of promiscuity (where pair bonded individuals both invest in child rearing) and the type where it's all one-night stands all the time.
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