Conservatives try to use "biology" to attack gays [again]

Alejandro Rivero rivero at sol.unizar.es.es.es.es
Sat Jun 28 15:04:03 EST 1997


Howard Olson wrote:
 
> 
>         Using the simple-minded view that gene survival depends only on direct
> reproduction they totally ignore the fact of Kin Selection, which
> allows survival of genes through their effect on relatives'
> reproductive success.
> 
>         It used to be argued that Care-giving or "altruistic" behavior could
> not evolve because it, too would die out like Conservatives say a gay
> gene would die out. But evolutionary biologists such as Edward O.
> Wilson* and Robert L Trivers** have proven that Kin Selection can
> spread the genes of organisms that die without personal reproduction.
 
And the recent Scientific American about lions is a proof in this
sense. Regretly the authors fail to remark it, its introduction can
be easily misinterpreted by a conservative  public. 


					Alejandro

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