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Sometimes the conjecture of science is as funny as it is fascinating. Evolutionary biologists are struggling to explain how homosexuality might have a genetic component, as it seems rational that a “gay gene” should by it’s very nature be selected out of the gene pool. The following idea sounds plausible though it also sounds like a scene from a stone age comedy sketch:
Imagine a primitive tribe of hominid hunter-gatherers in an age of saber-toothed tigers, dire wolves and cave bears. It’s a rough and dangerous time when dominant men made important decisions such as who would go out on a hunt and who would stay behind to protect the women and children. Naturally, the leaders wouldn’t trust rival overtly heterosexual males to be left alone with the women and therefore they selected the “gay man” for the job. The argument then goes that these gay men were really bisexual and were making good use of the opportunity granted them by their unsuspecting rivals. In this way the “gay gene” could be passed along to succeeding generations through surreptitious union.
Nature is adept at finding and utilizing niche opportunities, and though the argument above may offend the sensibilities of some it seems entirely possible that it could be true. Rival arguments exist and none has yet seemingly moved from the sphere of speculation towards serious consideration. It’s when reading or listening to discussions like this that I wish I had stuck with my plans of becoming a scientist. I would so enjoy participating in such arguments and inquiry. 🙂