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Go to: Infanticide in higher mammals

Carl Sai Baba's Avatar Jump to comment 3 by Carl Sai Baba

One of Robert Sapolsky's videos had a lot of descriptions of the various situations in which the mother, father, or someone else is more likely to kill a baby. I can't remember which one.

Sun, 01 Jul 2012 20:38:08 UTC | #948406

Go to: Infanticide in higher mammals

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There isn't any species-level survival function necessary. A "species" is just a set of genes.

The murderous male's genes are "superior" by evolutionary definition (i.e., better at passing on). And the general existence of whatever species is serving as the premise of this thought experiment only exists because each member had ancestors which also were able to pass on their genes.

Step-father infanticide is not the thing that is hard to explain. The cases which require explanation are the members of a species which behave in ways not directly related to their personal reproduction.

Sun, 01 Jul 2012 20:25:40 UTC | #948402

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A symbiotic relationship between two viruses?

Thu, 14 Jun 2012 13:22:08 UTC | #947399

Go to: Belief In God Plummets Among Youth (CHART)

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Comment 5 by zengardener :

It's hard to believe ANYBODY would say that they NEVER doubted.

I am skeptical that this is very informative.

Yes, but it is worded in the present tense. "never do it" <> "never have done it"

Thu, 14 Jun 2012 00:49:40 UTC | #947301

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Carl Sai Baba's Avatar Jump to comment 7 by Carl Sai Baba

That's a good poll question. People being as squirmy as they are, simply asking "do you believe ______?" might result in people saying yes even though they really mean "sometimes I do, sometimes I don't."

Thu, 14 Jun 2012 00:46:39 UTC | #947300

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