Re: Gay Extropians!!!

From: J. R. Molloy (
Date: Sat Oct 07 2000 - 10:24:04 MDT

"Spike Jones" done writ:

>It is not
> clear to me from your discussion, however that sexual selection cues
> are learned behaviors. Looks to me like most of them are instinctive.

Here's a more formal definition of imprinting, the mechanism which decides human
sexual orientation:
Imprinting: a behavioral response which is acquired early in life, is not
reversible, and is normally released by a certain triggering stimulus or
situation. The set and setting accompanying one's first sexual feelings is
forever associated thereafter with sexuality. This association is vulnerable to
modification and extension, and may become stretched into fetishistic behavior.

> If I had the ability to choose the sexual cues that would turn
> me on, I would select those that would have secondary benefits,
> such as overweight and wealthy.

Yes, wouldn't we all. You might want to add "terminally ill" to overweight and
wealthy. (That really turns me on.)

> Please dont flame me, just consider the argument: many
> men actually *reduce* their chances of reproductive
> success by our evidently-inborn instinct for liking thin.

No flame here, Spike, but have you noticed that wealthy women tend to be thinner
than poor women?

--J. R.

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