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Elegant Evolution

We humans are not designed for the lives that we are living. We are designed to survive, a thousand or more years ago. Evolution is slow, and modernity is probably slowing it down or confusing it. What is the best way to survive in today's world? To be a soft sedentary thing that lives in your mind?

We are designed for a few things. We are designed to fuck, and to eat, digest, and shit. Talking seems to be an inventive new use of old equipment. We are designed to squat, and to give birth, and to spoon. Our minds are programmed at a fundamental level for living in a pack, or family, or whatever you want to call it. We are tribal at the biological level. Like the muscles that we use to walk, and the equipment we use to reproduce with, it is designed into our bodies and influences our minds.

This tribal nature is at the core of why we as a civilization are depressed, anxious, violent, and fearful. Our tribal nature is not fulfilled by technological connections. And the strengths of our physical design are not necessary in modern homes. We are not designed for keyboards. Keyboards are an extension of our minds, and a subjugation of our bodies. Keyboards cause all manner of trouble for our animal selves.

Walking is fundamental. It must have been very important for us to be able to walk some distance because we are well designed for it. In fact, if we don't do enough of it, our bodies weaken and break. We need to walk. Faster walkers live longer. Broken hips in elders are a strong predictor of impending death. These things are well documented. I bet if someone studied it they would find that humans who have regular sex live longer and healthier than those who don't. I'm sure of it.

But all this just brings me around to this juicy evolutionary question: why is it that our reproductive equipment is set up to deliver pleasure? I mean, it seems obvious that we would want to rub parts more often if it was fun, especially if we didn't know that sex causes babies. But what is the MECHANISM of the evolution? How did it get started? What other species have multitudinous nerve endings in their glans or clitoris? What other species have orgasms? Do fish have orgasms?

Burning questions here, in the season of the birth Our Lord Jesus. It is Unchristian of me to bring up evolution just now. But it was on my mind. Did you know that only placental mammalian males urinate through their penises? I guess dogs and horses have placentae. And I know snakes have penises though theirs are a lot different from human penises. So snakes have placentae? Far out.

Happy Friday, folks.

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neptunia67
Dec. 5th, 2009 01:05 am (UTC)
Roosters have penises. Lizards have penises. They're just reproductive organs... why would it be a surprise that a snake has one?

I think the question should be more along the lines of "Why do human females have orgasms?" - because male mammals have orgasms as they ejaculate. Male goats perform fellatio on themselves. I used to know a horse who jacked himself off by beating his erect penis against his belly. The pleasure thing seems to be limited to higher life forms of the male variety, until we get to humans. I don't think fish or reptiles experience orgasms. I wonder if male birds do?
liveonearth
Dec. 5th, 2009 02:54 am (UTC)
I realize now the error of my thinking. I was conjecturing that snakes might pee via their penises and hence be animals that have placentae, but really I have no idea how snakes pee. In fact I think they are born from eggs and so they must not have placentae. ...

There is reason to believe that orgasm substantially increases a woman's odds of conceiving for a couple of reasons, one of which is a change in the mucus at the cervix that helps sperm survive, and the other is the muscular contractions that help deliver the sperm to to ovum by a pumping action.

It's really just funny to me how taboo sex is. And evolution, for that matter. We are supposed to be polite and not talk about it.

As for the bird question, ostriches orgasm. They're studying it so they can collect semen for breeding. Apparently enus will ejaculate into a fake cloaka (bird snatch) but ostriches won't. Picky. Male ostriches like to hike one leg up on their partner while they're doing it. =-]
http://www.sciencealert.com.au/news/20081505-17323-2.html

But not all birds have a phallus. Many species "do it" by bumping butts without the outie.
http://www.behav.org/00news/behav_ecol/ns-behavecol-01-08-phony_phallus.htm

Hey I even found a youtube 2 minute clip of somebody's pet cockatiel having an orgasm??? You tell me.




hfx_ben
Dec. 5th, 2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
Perversity
If an individual does something wierd and wackie ... and that results that individual having more off-spring, then there's a small chance that propensity gets passed on.

BTW: we tend to rationalize whatever we're compelled to do ... we don't like being confused, so we justify. If I don't want to do something, then I come up with an explanation of how it's bad. When I'm compelled to do something, I probably present it as virtuous.
(Anonymous)
Dec. 25th, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
Hi
Matthew here from Oak Ridge. I am impressed hope you had a good trip back to Oregon. I am including the "Dear and Glorious Physician" in my reading. Thanks for the book.
liveonearth
Dec. 25th, 2009 07:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Hi
Hi M; I'm in IAH at the moment, on my way home. Glad to see you've already found your way into my ruminations. Glad you could make it for Xmas dinner, hope we didn't scare ya too bad. Feel free to spew your opinions on here (or even information) too! Makes it all more entertaining. And let me know what you think of the book. It had a strong effect on me. (PS: please send your email address in another message, I won't let it post online.)
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