Re: Homosexual genes and memes.

From: Keith Henson (
Date: Wed 02 Mar 2005 - 13:37:53 GMT

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    At 10:32 AM 02/03/05 +0100, you wrote:

    >>The researchers discovered that women tend to have more children when
    >>they inherit the same - as yet unidentified - genetic factors linked to
    >>homosexuality in men. This fertility boost more than compensates for the
    >>lack of offspring fathered by gay men, and keeps the "gay" genetic
    >>factors in circulation.
    >Interesting theory. But can you rule out the opposite causality, that boys
    >in large families have a higher probability of being gay?

    If you read the last section of the article, it discusses the rather small contribution the well known effect of rising maternal immunological response to later born male children.

    >And where are the lesbians in your theory?

    It's not my theory.* And there is no mention of lesbians in the article.

    But if you wanted to extend what they found, it *might* be that if there are a number of genes for being attracted to men and that male homosexuals get to many of them, then the argument could be that female homosexuals get too few of the more active versions of these genes.

    That is, of course, rank speculation and not theory.

    Keith Henson

    * Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers): "Does your dog bite?"

    Pipe smoking old Swiss guy: "No."

    So Clouseau tries to pet the dog which of course savages him.

    Inspector Clouseau: "I thought you said your dog didn't bite,"

    Man removes pipe from mouth and replies: "It's not my dog."

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