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Does homosexuality make evolutionary sense?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Unseen Dec 12, 2013. 121 Replies

This is something I've been pondering myself recently, the leading scientific opinion is that jomosexuality is based on biology rather than being a choice, but I still wonder. I think Nature vs…Continue

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Unseen replied to Ryan Peterson's discussion 'Does homosexuality make evolutionary sense?'
"Natural selection selects for traits that help creatures survive. It doesn't necessarily eliminate ones which are not necessary. "
Dec 12, 2013
David Smith replied to Ryan Peterson's discussion 'Does homosexuality make evolutionary sense?'
"completely natural and found throughout the animal kingdom."
Dec 11, 2013
KaraC replied to Ryan Peterson's discussion 'Does homosexuality make evolutionary sense?'
"I eagerly look forward to your receiving the Nobel prize for medicine for your seminal paper "I assert that a genetic cause of homosexualityis BS" :-)"
Dec 6, 2011
Ganapati P replied to Ryan Peterson's discussion 'Does homosexuality make evolutionary sense?'
"I am a former researcher myself and know exactly what criteria are used to start an investigation. No one would start an investigation into whether homosexual preference is biological much less genetic, out of pure academic curiosity anymore than…"
Dec 6, 2011
KaraC replied to Ryan Peterson's discussion 'Does homosexuality make evolutionary sense?'
""The only kind of homosexuality that even deserves a scientific investigation for possible genetic determination ..." This statement is just wrong. We just don't know whether it is genetic, a combination of genetics and environment,…"
Dec 6, 2011
Ganapati P replied to Ryan Peterson's discussion 'Does homosexuality make evolutionary sense?'
"The only kind of homosexuality that even deserves a scientific investigation for possible genetic determination is one where they cannot reproduce because their choice of mate. Investigation into every other kind is politically motivated…"
Dec 6, 2011
Jewelz replied to Ryan Peterson's discussion 'Does homosexuality make evolutionary sense?'
"I used the word preference because you kept implying that homosexuals would not reproduce. Though a male might prefer other males, society or the desire to reproduce often finds these males in heterosexual relationships, at least for a period of…"
Dec 3, 2011
Ganapati P replied to Ryan Peterson's discussion 'Does homosexuality make evolutionary sense?'
"I am always amused by this genetically inherited homsexual "preference" concept. How about genetically inherited "preference" for celibacy, "likely" infertility and a "preference" for masturbation? Anyone…"
Dec 3, 2011
KaraC replied to Ryan Peterson's discussion 'Does homosexuality make evolutionary sense?'
"Here's an interesting paper on the maternal aspect you mentioned: http://www.genetics.ucla.edu/courses/hg19/Bocklandt_et_al.pdf ;"
Dec 2, 2011
Jewelz replied to Ryan Peterson's discussion 'Does homosexuality make evolutionary sense?'
"If the presence of a gene decreases the likelihood of the carrier having offspring, such a gene will eventually be selected out. Once again, you're assuming people with homosexual preference are as likely to have offspring as celibate or…"
Dec 2, 2011
Reggie replied to Ryan Peterson's discussion 'Does homosexuality make evolutionary sense?'
"First, there is no such thing as a "gay gene".  At least, there isn't any specific thing we know of that could conclusively be called that and fit in with what we know about genes and how they work. Second, gay individuals have…"
Dec 2, 2011
Ganapati P replied to Ryan Peterson's discussion 'Does homosexuality make evolutionary sense?'
"No has yet identified a 'gay gene'. So assume its existence is jumping the gun."
Dec 2, 2011
Ganapati P replied to Ryan Peterson's discussion 'Does homosexuality make evolutionary sense?'
"From an evolutionary standpoint the only significant things are those that affect the survival of the genes across generations. If the presence of a gene decreases the likelihood of the carrier having offspring, such a gene will eventually be…"
Dec 2, 2011
KaraC replied to Ryan Peterson's discussion 'Does homosexuality make evolutionary sense?'
"Just tried every single link. All work except one "Sexual differentiation of the human brain in relation to gender ide..." which seems to have been taken off that server. They are just links I have collected from various article, or via…"
Dec 2, 2011
Jewelz replied to Ryan Peterson's discussion 'Does homosexuality make evolutionary sense?'
"So from an evolutionary standpoint the existence of homosexuality is not much different from the existence of celibacy or infertility.   This opinion assumes that the desire to reproduce is not separate from sexual preference. Just as…"
Dec 1, 2011
Ganapati P replied to Ryan Peterson's discussion 'Does homosexuality make evolutionary sense?'
"A gene for homosexuality will have the same evolutionary advantages/disadvantages as one for celibacy or infertility. Unless anyone is also looking for genetic explanations for some choosing to stay away from sex and some unable to…"
Dec 1, 2011

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My name's Ryan,

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Welcome Ryan!

 
 
 

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