Re: Gingrich, Moynihan step down

Scott Badger (
Wed, 11 Nov 1998 18:50:40 -0600

>>Really? A desire for privacy is part of human nature? Are there any
>>studies that support that hypothesis? Do you mean to say that there was
>>some evolutionary advantage available to those who preferred to be alone?
>>The only survival value I can think of off the top of my head would be
>>when one was alone and unmonitored, one had an opportunity to hide, or to
>>steal, or do something else unbeknownst to the rest of the tribe that
>>give one some sort of unfair (but effective) advantage. Any other
>>advantages come to mind that might have resulted in a preference for
>>being hard-wired into our circuitry?
>>Scott Badger

Ralph Lewis <> wrote:

>Or to have sometime to read, think , experiment safely with new social and
>technical innivations....

I don't think this holds water. Our simian anscestors on the savannah plains were neither reading, nor performing experiments with new social and technical innovations. They were, however, smart enough to hide and or steal food or weapons. OK, here's another possible advantage to privacy back then . . . non-alpha males needed privacy to engage in covert copulation with the females. I suspect one's need for privacy is more culturally than genetically determined.

Scott Badger