population, homosexuality

Rob Harris (rob@hbinternet.co.uk)
Wed, 1 Dec 1999 12:13:43 -0000

Rob wrote:
>> ...An evolutionary dead end - like homosexuality. New deviants will pop
>> with
>> every generation - but hardly ever are the deviations advantageous...

Spike wrote:
>One might conclude that the homosexual deviation is in some way
>advantageous to the *population* in which it occurs, thus explaining
>its existence. spike

Nice one! I'd never thought of that possibility. Of course, the first thing that came to me was "How can Homos pass on their genes for any amplification of effect to be made? But then I thought "Perhaps the presence of the recessive gene in the pool as a whole is preferable, and so is indirectly propagated by the reproducing carriers"....