Re: buns vs brains

Natasha Vita-More (
Sun, 18 Jul 1999 10:28:41 -0700

At 04:57 PM 7/17/99 -0700, Spike Jones wrote:

> During the nonfertile period, women
>gravitate toward the nerdy, stable, brainy guy, but during ovulation
>they crave the handsome rogue with the protruding buttocks.

There is a bit of truth to this, but I would prefer to use descriptive phrases as follows:

During nonfertile period, women gravitate toward "individuals who are capable of intelligent conversation" and during ovulation women crave "individuals who are visually stimulating."


> stable nerds would end up with most of the
>sex (since the females would be infertile most of the time) and
>yet most of the offspring would, oddly enough, resemble the
>handsome rogue. Correct?

Sorry, no. What would mostly likely occur would be that women go for the individual who is intellectually stimulating as well as physically appealing. These individuals would get the most sex.

>Since our society has invented
>marriage, which makes it less convenient (at least) for the
>women to visit Mr. Buns during the fertile few days, it seems
>that societal restraints would serve to tilt the scales back in
>favor of Mr. Brains. Right?

Sorry, no again. It is not that clear cut. Not everyone who has brains is unaesthetic. In fact, there are many brainy men who are quite handsome and stylish. The odds would be in favor of this individual over someone who is simply smart and stinky.

>Does this explain why humans
>are getting more intelligent over the past few millenia? spike

If people are getting more intelligent it is because of better nutrition, more stimulation (visual perhaps), and more tools and a few lucky genes.


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