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Author Topic:   Is homosexuality a natural response to large populations?
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Message 12 of 44 (108733)
05-17-2004 12:48 AM
Reply to: Message 11 by NosyNed
05-16-2004 10:06 PM


Re: Population Control?
I remember reading back in the 70's a study of rat homosexual behavior versus population density showing some correlation. It could well be that {something} is influenced by hormones rather than genes. This would also account for the lack of any identified "gay gene" while still falling into being a fact of birth and not choice.

Of course one could also correlate numbers of gay people with population densities where they live, but this is obviously a false correlation due to the mobility of people within the population.

One also wonders if the historical data is not truly representative. Certainly it was more visible in any ancient cultures where it was more acceptable behavior.


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Message 14 of 44 (108814)
05-17-2004 2:04 PM
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Re: Population Control? Attraction genes?
The question to me is not the genetic makeup of sex but the genetic makeup of attraction. If attraction {genetics} is not directly linked to sex genetics then there can be mixups. I don't think they will find an "attraction gene" as it is probable a broad assortment of factors.


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Message 35 of 44 (111955)
06-01-2004 1:20 AM
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05-17-2004 2:53 PM


Re: Population Control? Attraction genes?
Yes I think pheomes are part of the equation of attraction. there may well be a {behavior \ environmental} portion, as {de \ sensitivity} can be modified, but I don't think it can overpower attraction so much as modify it.

Hormone levels are known to influence growth at several key stages, and could well be a mechanism.

ps to admin - e-mail notification of replies still not working. I have reset the profile again to see if that fixes it.


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