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20 Steve Zara

It may be because I am gay, but I can't see that behaviour which turns out to be very widespread through the animal kingdom, and in some species clearly has an important social role, can be usefully considered a "misfiring".

I agree, which is why I find Dawkins use of the word slightly unfortunate. It seems to me there is a kind of teleology built into the metaphor or 'firing' and 'misfiring' which does not best reflect natural selection at work. I have to say though, that I also have problems with some of the attempts to find adaptive justifications for homosexual behavior, or rationalisations based in comparative ethology.

Mon, 21 Jul 2008 04:26:00 UTC | #203850