Gay people are smarter on average
In three large population surveys (USA's AddHealth and GSS, UK's NCDS), Satoshi Kanazawa found a small positive correlation between higher IQ and self-reported homosexual behaviour or identity.
(Homosexuals Are Smart?)
Jewish people are often involved in making useful scientific discoveries. (List of Jewish contributions to the world)
Famous Jews who have made life more interesting include: Jesus Christ, Benjamin Franklin, Felix Mendelssohn, Camille Pissarro, the Marx Brothers, Carl Sagan and Baruch Spinoza.
The world needs gay people, black people, Jewish people and even people who find children sexually attractive (so long as they are not child abusers).
1. World population is likely to be 10 billion by 2070.
2. Even if we adopt a simpler lifesyle, as for example in Cuba, the planet will not be able to cope.
3. For everyone to enjoy western European lifestyles, the world population needs to be about 2 billion.
To help save the planet, we need to demolish the last great taboo.
We need to stop forcing people to go in for relationships that lead to the production of babies.
According to Roughgarden, gayness is something you necessarily find in advanced societies.
(Jonah Lehrer writing at Seed: The Gay Animal Kingdom)
Roughgarden argues that homosexuality is a defining feature of advanced animal communities, which require communal bonds in order to function.
"The more complex and sophisticated a social system is," she writes, "the more likely it is to have homosexuality intermixed with heterosexuality."
He writes of the paradox: that if homosexuality is a product of evolution, then "genetic factors associated with same-sex preference must enjoy some sort of reproductive advantage...
"Anything that diminishes, even slightly, the reproductive performance of any gene should (in evolutionary terms) be vigorously selected against...
"The consensus among scientists is that same-sex preference is rooted in our biology.
"Some of the evidence comes from the widespread distribution of homosexuality among animals in the wild...
David Barash suggests some possibilities.
1. "Insofar as homosexuals have been freed from investing time and energy in their own reproduction, perhaps they are able to help their relatives rear offspring."
This could be "to the ultimate evolutionary benefit of any homosexuality-promoting genes present in those children...
"Some recent research has focused on male homosexuals among a more traditional population on Samoa.
"Known as fa'afafine, these men do not reproduce, are fully accepted into Samoan society in general and into their kin-based families in particular, and lavish attention upon their nieces and nephews - with whom they share, on average, 25 percent of their genes.
Fa'afafine. By jeantine
2. "There is some anthropological evidence that in pre-industrial societies homosexual men are more than randomly likely to become priests or shamans."
"Perhaps the additional social prestige conveyed to their heterosexual relatives might give a reproductive boost to those relatives, and thereby to any shared genes carrying a predisposition toward homosexuality."
3. "Groups containing homosexuals might have done better than groups composed entirely of straights.
"It has recently been argued, most cogently by the anthropologist Sarah B. Hrdy, that for much of human evolutionary history, child-rearing was not the province of parents (especially mothers) alone.
Relatives helped bring up children.
"If sufficient numbers of those assistants had been gay, their groups may have benefited disproportionately.
"Alternatively, if some human ancestors with a same-sex preference reproduced less (or even not at all), that, in itself, could have freed up resources for their straight relatives...
"Homosexuality might correlate with greater sociality and social cooperation; similarly, it might deter violent competition for females."
4. "One study has found that female relatives of gay men have more children than do those of straight men.
Continued here: The evolutionary mystery of homosexuality
David P. Barash, an evolutionary biologist, is a professor of psychology at the University of Washington. His most recent book is Homo Mysterious: Evolutionary Puzzles of Human Nature (Oxford University Press, 2012).
In the 1950s Nabokov wrote Lolita. Nabokov liked girls, so long as they looked like boys. Lolita was the girl with the ‘puerile hips’, the girl wearing ‘shorts’. Nabokov and Pale Fire and deception
Alexander the Great
Charles Dickens 1812-1870
JAMES BOND; IAN FLEMING
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C S Lewis
Great article as always, Aangirfan.
"jews" are NOT judeans. In Jeebus' times there were no "jews", there were pharisees. "jews" are a relatively new phenomenon dating not more back not earlier than about the 12th century, when they made their appearance in the European political context. In english I understand that the label dates to not earlier than the 16th century.
A question about homosexuals in your article: since obviously it is genetically determined and obviously homosexuals don't reproduce, then which are the "negative genetic traits" with which homosexuality correlates ? (I have a suspicion).
Dumb white people put the homophobic fundamentalists into power in Iran
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS ARTICLE AAANG!
I am the gay oldest of four sibs.
Ive never been able to enjoy the happiness and security of marriage.
My three sisters have been helped by me in their childrearing for 20 yrs.
I must say all the love and joy I've recieved from the co-parenting has very much enriched my life, and I say with pride, the lives of my nephews and nieces.
They all love and respect me.
You know why? Because as a nonperverted, decent, moral gay person, I earned thier love and support.
Their will alwys be hateful people who try to morph the pedophiles and abusers with the moral, nonperverted gay, but the statistics on hetero males abusing daughters, sisters, and what not is staggering.
Not to in any way demean the pain and anguish the abused have suffered at the hands of the evil abusers who are gay, but satanic torture is about gaining demonic payback, not sexual pleasure.
The issues are far more complex than the average person knows.
"White schoolchildren in Britain's poorest communities lag behind peers who are black or of Pakistani or Bangladeshi origin."
This is according to a Financial Times analysis of more than 3m sets of exam results.
"Poor white children even achieve worse average results than deprived pupils for whom English is a second language."
It is generally these 'poor whites' who write the 'ignorant' comments on blogs.
Lynching of an innocent black kid in the USA. Outside a courthouse in Omaha, Will Brown, after being killed, mutilated and burned. Brown was innocent of the crime of which he had been accused. Cached
Dumb whites tend to see things in simple black and white terms.
British National Party voters, some of whom are fans of Hitler, had the lowest average intelligence - scoring just 98.4.
BNP voters have lowest IQ
People who give in to racism, and prejudice against people like gays, may simply be poorly educated.
Read the article.
"The research finds that children with low intelligence are more likely to hold prejudiced attitudes as adults."
Website for this image. THE REAL HITLER
According to Hodson: "Socially conservative ideologies tend to offer structure and order," something which appeals to people with low intelligence. "Unfortunately, many of these features can also contribute to prejudice."
In a study in the United States, Hodson and Busseri compared 254 people with the same amount of education but different levels of ability in abstract reasoning.
Brian Nosek, a social and cognitive psychologist at the University of Virginia, says: "I think that lower cognitive capacity can lead to multiple simple ways to represent the world, and one of those can be embodied in a right-wing ideology..."