Re: Brain Changes seen in Gay Sheep, U.S. Study Finds

Posted by peep on Mar 13, 2004 at 23:41

Re: Brain Changes seen in Gay Sheep, U.S. Study Finds (Amaranth Rose)

Do you think that a biologically based "gayness" among a two-gendered species can be said to confer a particular benefit on the species, or do you think that such might instead be indicative of existing physiological abnormalities, chemical imbalances, etc.?

If not the latter, then how else could such "gayness", something which could be considered a fatal departure from the necessary heterosexual norm, be included "on a broad continuum of normal sheep behavior"? Being that animals are governed far less by volition and more strictly by the baser laws of natural selection and survival of the fittest, do you think it could be that occurrences of homosexual behavior are actually a natural by-product (or "symptom") of herding and flocking behaviors, resulting perhaps from the effects of internal or environmental stressors, fatigued pheromone response due to saturation, etc.?

Finally (and, watch out, here it comes), if "gayness" among animals actually turns out to be a by-product of habit and habitat, perhaps even conferring benefit to a species (in a negative sense) according to the processes of natural selection (e.g., a "weeding out" perhaps), then what do you think this might mean for humans, who, unless quite impaired in some way, without a doubt have the conscious wherewithal to override the strict biology of the matter and mentally determine and distinguish what anatomical part goes where and with which gender they should pair?

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