Re: Adaptationism

Aaron Lynch (
Wed, 16 Sep 1998 13:16:34 -0500

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Date: Wed, 16 Sep 1998 13:16:34 -0500
From: Aaron Lynch <>
Subject: Re: Adaptationism
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At 01:13 PM 9/16/98 -0400, Robert G. Grimes wrote:
>Ahem, Ahem, uh, careful there Aaron.... Older men marry younger women
>the women are dazzled by the older gentleman's charm and physical prowness
>his income has absolutely nothing to do with it (now repeat those words after
>me, Older men marry......)
>Bob :>)

I see your point, Bob. I guess my earlier comments apply only to those
cases where charm and prowess are lacking, present company thus excluded!


>Aaron Lynch wrote:
>> Snip
>> Certain kinds of adaptationist story telling actually do exhibit selection
>> advantages from the *memetic* (not genetic) point of view. For instance,
>> men of higher than average income or social status may have a special
>> receptivity to the idea that female partner wealth preferences are innate.
>> The rich 50 year old man with a 25 year old wife, for instance, will feel
>> better thinking that his wife's attraction to him is every bit as
>> biological as his attraction to her. He may also have amorous motives for
>> retransmitting this meme to his wife and his acquaintances, hoping again
>> that everyone will see the relationship as "true love."
>> Snip
>Bob Grimes
>Jacksonville, Florida
>Man is not in control, but the man who knows he is not in control is more in
>Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore....."

--Aaron Lynch

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