Re: Fwd: Lanier essay of 2001.12.04

From: Spike Jones (
Date: Sat Dec 08 2001 - 23:14:18 MST

> >>So we would be imagining a world that is driven by sex.
> >Well, the hippies also solved this problem by introducing
> >the concept of "free love" ...
> Well, the hippies actually failed to solve this problem by airily defining
> out of existence (by fiat--yeah, right) the concept of "jealousy" ... and
> when that finally kicked in (as it almost always did), boy, did it ever suck.
> Damien Broderick [reporting from the trenches of the 1970s and 1980s]

I dont see how we could ever dismiss a concept that has been
hammered into us practically from birth, not only by socialization
but by evolution. I can easily imagine those females who bred
with possessive males having more reproductive success. Their
men would perhaps be more likely to stay by and help raise the
larvae if they had a sense of ownership.

I did mean the previous riffs mostly in jest. I have a hard time
imagining a stable society in which most of the copulation took
place in anything other than practical monogamy. spike

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