Re: reading a book

From: Kenneth Van Oost (
Date: Thu 19 May 2005 - 16:34:24 GMT

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    ----- Original Message ----- From: Scott Chase <> The wasp has an
    > innate theory of form as in looking for a female and
    > the orchid tricks it by mimicking the look of a female
    > wasp. The wasps also has a theory of how the female
    > smell and the orchid deceptively produces pheromones.
    > But this deception is not socially based. Could it be
    > termed "Machiavellian"? The orchid has evolved via
    > selection to exploit certain innate wasp behvioral
    > quirks, but humans can assume that other humans will
    > behave in certain ways because they extrapolte from
    > their own behavior and that of others in the past and
    > attribute psychological features (like having a mind"
    > to others).
    << But the theory exist of how human females deceive men. This deception IS socially based. That we can assume of how others will behave, I think nobody doubt it, just because we tend to pretend to rely on our past perceptions/ solutions and pre- assumptions. In order to trick men, and thus to find a suitable husband for themselves and a good father for their both future children young girls accentuate their looks by adding perfume, make- up, clothes... The specific women features ( mouth, lips, eyes, breasts,...) are made greater, more red, more bright, pushed higher, in order to get noticed.

    Geoffrey Miller (The Mating Mind) even says both sexes have evolved features to get noticed by the other. Men have on the average a stronger body, are more robust, are taller, more hair, a faster metabolism, a lower voice and a somewhat greater brain. But vice versa our male bodies are just the proove of how nature competes. Those characteristics do direct to females preferences than they are features of direct competition be- tween men. Like I said in the above, even so women their features are more likely reflections of what men like and want. Todays women do accentuate these features.

    And those are/ have a social bias and are part of our daily social intercourse. We decieve one other and most of the time ourselves in trying to compete with direct social rivals. We try to gain on them, to deceive and to manipulate them. Not only asks this a greater ability to cope with different social relations but it demanded a far greater mental evolution. It is an armsrace for social intelligence. And in the end we play a very complicated social game to gain sexual advantages: with small talk, charm and spirit.



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