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Richard Dawkins explains some gay gene theories

Richard Dawkins explains some gay gene theories

(6:24) How was the gay gene preserved? Richard Dawkins explains three theories, including the 'Sneaky Fucker' theory.

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WalterEgo WalterEgo (812 days ago)

Gay uncles and sneaky fukkers? I thought Dawkins was a scientist.

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Gay uncles and sneaky fukkers? I thought Dawkins was a scientist.

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Guest: Guesting (812 days ago)

Gay uncle: selection because they were better protected, no hint here of sexual behaviour towards the child, as far as I could hear.

Sneaky Fukkers: why is this in conflict with scientific thinking? It may make theoretical sense, though there is no evidence to back it up (as so many of the evolutionary hypotheses). Bi-sexuality is quite common.

I also think the genetic-environment interaction is interesting in this area, as in so many other contexts.

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Gay uncle: selection because they were better protected, no hint here of sexual behaviour towards the child, as far as I could hear.

Sneaky Fukkers: why is this in conflict with scientific thinking? It may make theoretical sense, though there is no evidence to back it up (as so many of the evolutionary hypotheses). Bi-sexuality is quite common.

I also think the genetic-environment interaction is interesting in this area, as in so many other contexts.

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WalterEgo WalterEgo (812 days ago)

I was being sarcastic. I must remember to use emoticons.

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I was being sarcastic. I must remember to use emoticons.

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Guest: Guesting (811 days ago)

Hm... Should I feel stupid? ;-)

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Hm... Should I feel stupid? ;-)

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TheBob TheBob (811 days ago)

So how does the gay uncle theory work? If the gene is passed on "in the bodies" of the nieces/nephews, it would be passed on if the gay uncle wasn't there looking after the kids at all - but was off with the "butch" hunters.

And surely the "sneaky fukker" gene would pass on bisexual tendencies rather than homosexual.

And in any case, the butch hunters might be gay - I'm sure a lot of those six-packs on the front of Men's Health belong to gay men

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So how does the gay uncle theory work? If the gene is passed on "in the bodies" of the nieces/nephews, it would be passed on if the gay uncle wasn't there looking after the kids at all - but was off with the "butch" hunters.

And surely the "sneaky fukker" gene would pass on bisexual tendencies rather than homosexual.

And in any case, the butch hunters might be gay - I'm sure a lot of those six-packs on the front of Men's Health belong to gay men

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Guest: (811 days ago)

There would presumably be a recessive gene for homosexuality and if those societies in which that gene was prevalent were more successful, then the adults would continue to pass on the recessive gene through their children (which would - when both sets of recessive genes pair-up - produce a proportionate number of homosexual offspring).

Worth remembering that even Darwin noticed that worker bees are sterile females - yet they the fertile female (queen) bee continues to produce them.

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There would presumably be a recessive gene for homosexuality and if those societies in which that gene was prevalent were more successful, then the adults would continue to pass on the recessive gene through their children (which would - when both sets of recessive genes pair-up - produce a proportionate number of homosexual offspring).

Worth remembering that even Darwin noticed that worker bees are sterile females - yet they the fertile female (queen) bee continues to produce them.

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TheBob TheBob (811 days ago)
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That makes sense - thanks

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That makes sense - thanks

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