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Thread: Sexual Selection....My Theory

  1. #1 Sexual Selection....My Theory 
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    I believe, along with the scientific community at large, that the evolutionary ladder of natural selection has endowed certain men with qualities that enhance their chances of mating with several women in their lifetime and producing several offspring. The genomic mutations which express these traits are often subtle and some are as of yet undiscovered. The tetrapods and chordate relatives of our past survived by the skin of their teeth according to genetisist Sharon Maoleem and several people before him. Why? Because they found a niche in the environments of the past...the Ice Age was too much for dinosaurs and smaller, more intelligent creatures who could craftily adapt and avoid extinction survived and thrived. Gene IGF2R on chromosome 6 was found to have a different sequence in the highly intelligent (those with IQ's above 150). This kind of intelligence differs from the intelligence needed in the past merely to survive. We now have learned to adapt so well that we don't require spending time foraging for food or seeking shelter. We have a highly analytical, self-conscious intelligence that encompasses nearly all facets of the world in which we live. We have effectively conquered this world's resources and have time to parlay our brainpower into creative games we create for ourselves. This doesn't mean that the poor and uneducated are always less fit to survive...high school dropouts reproduce at alarmingly high rates, obviously. But to lead a successful life, making enough money to raise a family and afford extra amenities in a civilized Western society at least, one must usually possess at least an average level of intelligence. Where does sexual selection come in? Well...one word comes to mind: COMPETITION. Intellectual rivalries, fights over women, sports...mainly bouts between men. It is arguable as to exactly how events play out concerning the outcome of these rivalries because many factors are at play. For example, one man might outcompete another at one event and lose out on another and interactions between other males in other situations may have varying outcomes. People are good at some things, and bad at others. Males can master different realms of society and mate with females in certain circles. Females are less constrained by male dominance in many societies as well, which opens up yet another dynamic. Another question must now be asked: What exactly attracts women to males? And the phrase "different strokes for different folks" rings true here. Different social circles..different dominating qualities..for both males and females.


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    Broadly, I think you're quite correct, though the matter is of course extremely complicated. But I sort of have the same problem with this as I do with the various other proposed theories that appear on these boards from time to time.

    There's nothing particularly outrageous in your "theory", but I'm also not sure there's anything particularly novel in there. We already know what sports and other forms of socially constructed conflicts represent. The theory is also rather expansive and seems a little unfocused. When generating a new hypothesis, you should be able to more or less express it in a sentence or two. Most importantly, you need to be able to suggest how you'd go about testing the hypothesis. What are the logical implications of your assertion? How could we, for the sake of argument, demonstrate the hypothesis to be false?

    I hope this does not annoy or discourage you, I'm certainly not trying to dismiss your ideas.


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    I'm not at all discouraged..I'm a novice with no formal training who merely reads science books in his spare time..I'm simply gathering data at the moment..researching...as far as a hypothesis...maybe there is a different kind of gene selection going on in people who live in 3rd world countries..maybe they don't require the same mutation on IGF2R to be highly successful in their environment because the need to survive supercedes all and selects for other genes, genes which influence the promotion of certain survival skills that are needed.
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