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Message 4 of 243 (310253)
05-08-2006 9:36 AM
Reply to: Message 1 by kuresu
05-07-2006 4:53 PM


Some random thoughts.
On Marriage.
Marriage has only recently become one man and one woman, and even today it is not really that. Today it's more like faithful as long as I think I'll get caught.
If we look at history of sexuality we find an even greater range of interaction than you find in most of the rest of the animal kingdoms. You find instances of women having many husbands, men having many wives, monogamous long term relationships and numerous short term relationships. If the Naked Ape called mankind is any different from the other animals, and in particular the other Primates, it is in the fact that the man-woman social connection definitely shows evolution in form over time, area, culture and even individual.
On Music
Music too is certainly not a uniquely human creation. And recent studies have hinted at a connection between the invention of music and the invention of language.

Aslan is not a Tame Lion

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jar
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Message 11 of 243 (310322)
05-08-2006 1:55 PM
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05-08-2006 1:31 PM


Re: Some random thoughts.
jar writes:
Marriage has only recently become one man and one woman
to which nemesis_juggernaut replied
Recent? What do you consider recent?
Well, you're right. It really hasn't ever been one man and one woman. At best in the US and most other places what is seen is a short term monagamy and serial couplings. Mankind has never really adopted the kind of monagamous long term relationships that are found in many species of other animals like swans or Great Horned Owls.
Animals speak their own language too. Why don't they play music?
They don't? That's news to me. Ever hear a Mockingbird?

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Message 141 of 243 (313183)
05-18-2006 11:58 AM
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05-18-2006 11:20 AM


Evolution of Altruism
Well, it's looking more and more like altruism is actually just another evolved trait. A recent study shows bacteria evolving into a superstrain through altrustic sacrifice. For more details see this article.

Aslan is not a Tame Lion

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Message 145 of 243 (313211)
05-18-2006 1:25 PM
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05-18-2006 1:14 PM


Re: Glossing over the obvious
Because the environment that those people lived in made it more conducive to developing agriculture and therefore more advanced society.
There are some other limiting factors. Some of the basic foodstuffs didn't evolve until around 10-15,000 years ago, things like wheat, and it just so happens that wheat appears to have evolved somewhere in the middle east or in the steppes. Even after crops that might support a city based as opposed to nomadic lifestyle evolved, many other inventions had to be made and cultures changed before cities became viable.

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