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Go to: Male circumcision is a weapon in the sperm wars

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Yeah I don't think it's really an evolutionary phenomenon in the biological sense, although it does have some biological connection. It's definitely more of a cultural evolutionary phenomenon.

It makes sense to me though - the powerful men who demanded that the boys in their tribe be circumcised would father more children than those powerful men who didn't make such a demand. It was then in the interests of the lesser fathers to have their boys circumcised so that they could potentially gain more powerful positions in the tribe.

It doesn't need to involve any real understanding of fertility by anyone, if you have enough tribes and enough time, effective strategies that may initially develop randomly can become widespread.

I guess there could be a bit of a genetic aspect though - a gene that makes parents to want their child to conform to the desires of the high-status members of their tribe/society???

Sat, 07 Jun 2008 00:04:00 UTC | #180168

Go to: Physicist Claims First Real Demonstration of Cold Fusion

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Ian

Cold fusion isn't bollocks, it happens all the time. Just not on Earth.


Are you sure you don't just mean fusion? I'm not aware of any known cases of cold fusion occuring elsewhere in the universe.

Tue, 03 Jun 2008 01:07:00 UTC | #178428

Go to: God Talk on 'The View'

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That was so difficult for me to watch... I had to pause it constantly and reassure myself there is still sanity in the world by reading everyone else's responses.

The thing is, they all occupy different positions on the spectrum (from Whoopi to the middle one) and only two of them I wouldn't be embarrassed to be in the same room as. I can completely understand if it was even less for other people.

Wed, 19 Sep 2007 01:56:00 UTC | #68058

Go to: Interview with Richard Dawkins about 'The Enemies of Reason'

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I noticed that Judy managed to drop in the idea that the rise in superstition is due to the loss of faith (belief) in God. Well ignored btw :)

She is obviously ignorant of the fact that no matter how many people leave religion for these wacky beliefs, there will be no net increase in superstition.

Mon, 13 Aug 2007 03:48:00 UTC | #59781

Go to: Proboscidean Mitogenomics: Chronology and Mode of Elephant Evolution Using Mastodon as Outgroup

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I agree it's very exciting how thorough our understanding of evolution and the world's ecosystems is becoming. I'm looking forward to that global species database that will be on the internet eventually (next few years maybe?). Hopefully it will include information on the divergence of each species from its related and more distant cousins, too.

Wouldn't it be great if we had a massive tree diagram, which was totally accurate, representing the genetic divergence of every species ever found in fossil form or alive today? Sort of like in "The Ancestor's Tale" but a million times more detailed?

Also, this article brings up the question: Will we ever be able to create a real Jurassic Park? And, could an elephant give birth to a Mastodon if we implanted a synthetic fertilized Mastodon egg?

Thu, 26 Jul 2007 15:41:00 UTC | #55712

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