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That is how the bioeconomic population check works naturally to territorial birds and hierarchical primates: a male represents resources he can control, while females are "disciplined" to choose those with enough chest. If the resources (or able guys) are limited, there are easily fewer females reproducing.

And among primates, how hierarchical humans are is influenced by our culture.

If you look at human population spread across the globe and then growth in areas that we have spread to, even to the extent of being willing to undertake the extra work of settled agriculture if pressed to by population pressure ... bioeconomic population checks on humans do not seem to be very strongly effective.

Its an open question in human biology how reluctant or willing women of reproductive age will be to settle for a less than ideal sexual partner, and a question that different cultures resolve in different ways.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Mon Jun 29th, 2015 at 09:25:53 AM EST
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