Re: Fwd: Lanier essay of 2001.12.04

From: Technotranscendence (
Date: Mon Dec 10 2001 - 06:17:46 MST

On Sunday, December 09, 2001 6:16 AM J. R. Molloy wrote:
> It's not the "concept" so much as the feeling that has co-evolved with
> sexuality... which means that sex is a bit more than a concept. The
> evolutionary psychology of sexual jealousy is yet another topic for
> in the Complex Adaptive Systems Workshop.
> "As predicted by models derived from evolutionary psychology, men within
> United States have been shown to exhibit greater psychological and
> physiological distress to sexual than to emotional infidelity of their
> partner, and women have been shown to exhibit more distress to emotional
> to sexual infidelity. Because cross-cultural tests are critical for
> evolutionary hypotheses, we examined these sex differences in three
> studies conducted in the Netherlands (N=207), Germany(N=200), and the
> States(N=224). Two key findings emerged. First, the sex differences in
> jealousy are robust across these cultures, providing support for the
> evolutionary psychology model. Second, the magnitude of the sex difference
> varies somewhat across cultures - large for the United States, medium for
> Germany and the Netherlands. Discussion focuses on the evolutionary
> of jealousy and the sensitivity of sex differences in the sexual sphere to
> cultural input."

While I agree about the "feeling" part here and the abstract also seems to
agree with my experience, I'd like to see a study like this expanded to more
nations, especially ones that are culturally very different. E.g., to
samples from India or Japan. I wonder if anyone has done that in the


Daniel Ust

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