|MadSci Network: Evolution|
From ancient sculptures and drawings, it is clear that men preferred women which in todays standards are fat. Nowadays, that is uncommon. If evolution can't go that fast, how come fashion has successfully supressed our inborn instincts? The prevalent way of chosing a mate in tradition- keeping countries is through mediators -- the parents: The womans parents assess the economical and social status of the potential husband and they are the ones who give the final answer. Even if we say that in the direct selection (the *modern* way)inborn instincts play their roles most conspicuously, why the traditional way was so prevalent, and basically the same in most countries? How can we justify the *parental system* in evolutionary terms? When humans lived more under natures mercy, natural selection was more important, and direct selection seems more adequate because it's more selective. Yet, in third-world countries that live in conditions close to those in the past, such traditions are still *alive and kicking*. Is it to say that the *parents wisdom* has a more realistic selection basis?
Re: Sexual preferences along the generatios: Change of fashion or evolution?
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