gay "biology"

cates at cc.umanitoba.ca cates at cc.umanitoba.ca
Tue Jul 8 15:51:00 EST 1997


>   flefever at ix.netcom.com(F. Frank LeFever) writes:
>  In <33C0D867.46AE at umich.edu> "John H. Casada" <casad at umich.edu> writes:
                                                                                                  
                                                                                                  
>  >F. Frank LeFever wrote:
                                                                                                 
>  >><snip>
>  >> Remember: it is not the individual's advantage, but the species'
>  >> advantage.  
                                                                                              
>  >As the evolutionists have repeatedly hammered me with this, I will 
>  >pass it on to you.  Current evolutionary theory states that it is 
>  >indeed the individual's advantage and not the species'.  Natural 
>  >selection takes place at the individual and not species level.
                                                                                                                 
>  >This does not present an insuperable obsticle, though.  It is to the 
>  >individual's advantage to see his genetic material passed on, even if 
>  >it is done indirectly through close kin and not by his direct 
>  >production of progeny.
                                                                                                         
>  Someone else (from Canada) emailed me much the same message (i.e.,
>  individual not group advantage and selection) and was awaiting more
>  time and energy to think it through before replying, but you've
>  prompted me to say something, no matter how un-jelled.
                                                                                           
>  I'm too lacking in the in-depth reading of current theory to do much
>  more than wing it, but given the eventual acceptance of some ideas
>  previously sounding off-the-wall (e.g. non-chromosomal inheritance),
>  I'm not ready just now to call it a closed issue.
                                                                                                      
>  My thoughts:
                                                                                                          
>   a species is not a collection of clones, but an aggregation of
>  genotypes with genes shared and unshared to varying degrees, but to the
>  extent that the heritance of some common core is promoted by the
>  existance of individuals with more-than-usual unshared or sparsely
>  distributed characteristics, I can see the possibility of continuity as
>  a species but also shifts in the distribution of shared
>  characteristics, i.e. evolution of the species.
                                                                                          


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