Pharyngula

Gay roundup

This is a nice, short summary of some of the explanations for the evolution of homosexuality. It could be shorter; there are really just two classes of explanation, the adaptationist strategy of trying to find a necessary enhancement to fitness, and the correct strategy of recognizing that not all attributes of an individual organism are going to be optimal for that individual’s reproduction, so don’t even try. Love isn’t hardwired by biology, and it can go in all kinds of different directions.

So I’m saying the best answer in the list is #5. I wouldn’t be biased by the fact that the author is quoting me, no, not at all.

Comments

  1. #1 David Marjanovi?
    July 12, 2007

    Strange that the latest hypothesis isn’t mentioned. There is a published correlation between the occurrence of homosexual men and the occurrence of women who are more fertile than usual in the same family. This looks like the same (unidentified) gene/s are involved in both traits, and that the evolutionary advantage of higher female fertility outweighs the disadvantage of reduced male fertility, so the allele stays in the population. Male homosexuality as a genetic byproduct.

    No such studies seem to exist for female homosexuality.

  2. #2 Paul
    June 30, 2008

    Homosexuality seems to be about psyhcic androgyny as well. And that kind of androgyny seems a reguirement for rebirtth and divinization.

    http://www.world-mysteries.com/PhilipGardiner/index.htm

  3. #3 MAJeff, OM
    June 30, 2008

    And that kind of androgyny seems a reguirement for rebirtth and divinization.

    *giggle/snort*

    That’s funny.