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  • February 9, 2017 at 4:52 am

    There is a bit of hardcore biology to this question: Basically there are two strategies for finding the optimal partner, the “tournament” strategy and the “pair bonding” strategy. If you are a peacock chick you just need to find the male with the longest and most beautiful feathers, as he will only ever contribute with his genes. In pair bonding species there is a much more equal sharing of the work with caring for off-spring, and thus the mother want someone who is a lot more like herself. The choice of basic strategy will determine a wide variety of other traits like male female diversity, aggression, etc. Humans seem to have a mixed bag of tendencies that rely on either or both of these basic strategies. Yet another example of how strange and complicated life as a human is.

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