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The Rule Of Thumb

It is a rule of thumb in zoology that the bigger the male of the species in relation to the female, the more that species’ reproductive system is about harem-keeping by a dominant male, and the more equal the sizes of the sexes, the more it is about monogamous pair-bonding. The relative sizes of modern […]

Posted on October 9, 2012 at 11:20 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Sneakers And Dashers

In the animal world there are three strategies to counter the strategy of harem-holding, that is, the attempted monopolisation of all the females by the dominant male. One is called Dasher, because the animal nips into the harem when the bull male isn’t looking, gets a quick copulation and runs for his life. For one […]

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 21:56 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The Augustus John Strategy And Its Complement

One of the problems with the popular debate over evolutionary psychology appears to be that some journalists are stuck in 1980 models of the science. We hear an awful lot about the Trivers theory that the greater female parental investment means greater female choosiness, implying a hardwired female fidelity, and nothing at all about the […]

Posted on October 11, 2012 at 19:03 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Orgasms, Fidelity And False Advertising

David Buss at Austin has suggested that the true evolutionary function of the female orgasm is to demonstrate a woman’s commitment to an attractive man, convincing him that she is satisfied and therefore loyal. An orgasmic woman would therefore be less likely to be abandoned, he suggests, and so her children, also bearing the modification […]

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 10:32 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Indoor Competition

As we emerge from the dark age of human self-knowledge, namely the Fifties to the Seventies, when it was holy writ that we came into the world as blank slates for parents, teachers and self-appointed social engineers to write on, we have discovered more and more about natural mammalian abilities to govern reproduction. We all […]

Posted on October 13, 2012 at 09:18 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The Kicker

As Matt Ridley comments, even a woman who has no need to have sex with many men in order to protect or support herself has one very good reason to have sex with one man other than her husband. Namely, that his sperm will be better. “This is because her husband is, almost by definition, […]

Posted on October 14, 2012 at 08:23 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The Wisdom Of The Ancients

In its passion for “emotional truth”, the twentieth century may actually have been stricter about fidelity than earlier ages, or tried to be. The Elizabethans took it absolutely for granted that all wives were incessantly unfaithful, and this seems also to be the world of Les liaisons dangereuses. Now, shame-based cultures don’t care what you […]

Posted on November 17, 2012 at 07:14 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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What Man Is Not Meant To Know

Baker and Bellis DNA-tested children in housing estates first in Liverpool and then in Guildford, finding that only around 80 per cent were the offspring of the men they thought were their fathers. That is, the cuckoo rate was about one in five. As far as I know, this work has never been repeated elsewhere […]

Posted on November 18, 2012 at 11:38 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Pricing Commitment

An error-management approach to the chat-up scene suggests that the chronic male misinterpretation of female friendliness in terms of sexual interest is – despite all the female complaints – highly rational. For trying it on and being rejected is less costly than missing a reproductive opportunity. For women, however, the calculus points in the opposite […]

Posted on November 20, 2012 at 13:30 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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What’s Really Going Down In The Shrubbery

Crude applications of evolutionary biology make out that the female strategy is quality in reproduction, while the males go for sheer quantity; that is, the males are supposed to mate with anything that moves. In fact there is a huge constraint on male promiscuity, namely the necessity of having to guard the females and protect […]

Posted on November 21, 2012 at 10:10 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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