Re: how many bastards are there, anyway?

Bryant (
25 Aug 1996 11:23:32 -0600

In article <4vlqoe$>,
Matt Beckwith <> wrote:
> (Bryant) wrote:
>>Cuckoldry seems to have been a rather regular part of the human
>>experience, though. Getting a fella with resources to raise the >offspring
>What's so good about the genes of a man who has nothing to invest in a

Excellent question. I'm not sure. It appears that the guys who inspire
female orgasm, because they display high degrees of developmental
stability, were better able than other fellows to overcome parasitic,
nutritional, and other stresses during development. The hypothesis is
that there is a heritable component to this stress resistance, making
female orgasm part of a "good genes" strategy: secure investment from one
guy, secure sperm from another.

Since parasitic resistance is never a forever-constant (because parasites
evolve), what genes afford developmental stability changes through

>Matt Beckwith