Re: Why Sex ?

Anders Sandberg (
17 Dec 1997 21:15:40 +0100

"Berrie Staring" <> writes:

> Why (leave just pure coincidence out for now)
> do we need sex to spread our genes?
> Wouldn't it be easier if we could all make a child?
> without the sex. I mean why didn't the two
> chemicals to trigger this stay together..........
> >From the selfish gene point of view, it would double
> the "people" who w(c)ould spread the code.

I'm not sure, but I don't see any big benefit from the selfish genes
perspective with hermaphrodites; the child is still a mixture of the
parent genomes. But I think I'm missing something obvious here...

> This is of course not a suggestion to get rid of it :-)

Why not? :-) And why not make ourselves hermaphrodites anyway, so we
can have more fun (and responsibility, if we wish) - our memes should
beat our genes.

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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