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  1. #1 Sexual Selection, Social Dynamics, and Natual Selection 
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    So an idea came into my mind. I was thinking about the human population and we have a various amounts of different personalities, with many having different "temperaments" at birth, in other words much of our personality is based on genetics. I was thinking about people who have "leadership" personality. Now, a population can not have too many people who are genetically predisposition to have "leaders" or else everyone will be at war with each other. At the same time, a leader has a higher probablity of dying compared to anyone else. For example, many President's of the United States have been assinated. In-group conflict will always arise, and upheaval and death of a leader is highly probable. Therefore, it would appear to be relativly unfit for a person to be genetically predetermined for "leadership" and therefore, without the forces of sexual selection, a leader can not exist. However, what if sexual selection counterbalanced the increased likelihood to die with the increased likelihood to mate? Perhaps sexual selection is an important part of social dynamics, and making sure that certain personalities in a social species exisit and don't get eliminated.

    Thoughts? Has this idea new or has it ever been proposed before?


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    There are disadvantages to being a follower as well, such as the need to rely on those higher up, for one's livelihood.

    The idea that leadership is coupled with greater reproductive success is certainly well-documented in the animal kingdom (think lions, for one example.)


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    Or Genghis Kahn for that matter .

    You have to take into account the harem mating practices that used to be common in many human societies.
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    I'm not so sure I accept the premise that leaders are more likely to die in a war. Yes, they are often singled out as targets, but the foot soldiers on the front line generally take the brunt of the attack, wouldn't you say?
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    Still, even soldiers seem to have a better sexual selection rating than non-soldiers.
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    Not necessarily, what if the leader sends his people to war and keeps the women company while their husbands are gone hmm?

    There may be more followers than the leader, but not all of them will have the same amount of kids he will, or in my example, may not realize just HOW many kids are actually his!
    "It's no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense." - Mark Twain
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