Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Primal Instincts and Random Hilarity

Oh, today's another big giveaway. Who gets the poor red-headed stepchild? I hope the clasp doesn't cause them too much consternation.

Here's a head's up on the next giveaway



Serendipity
So... to continue along the thought patterns from yesterday (or the day before... I don't remember) on the subject of evolutionary theory. We were discussing primal instincts and I was saying that it almost seems like an easier life to follow (or at least to understand) some of our primal urges/instincts.

I recently read an article in Scientific American (well, okay, it was an "opinion", not an official "article") by Michael Shermer. It was entitled "Wag the Dog" and it really resonated with things I've been musing about lately.

Anyway, the piece is about how dogs can wag their tail a little bit more to the left or a little bit more to the right, and each direction can have a different meaning. That has to do with whether the left or right size of the dog's brain is being activated.

The two major driving forces in humans (and all animals, I suppose) are survival and reproduction. And a lot (if not all) of our "primal instincts" can relate back to these two needs/emotions.

Men need to procreate, so they are (were originally) generally attracted to child-bearing hips (big hips), nursing breasts (big boobs), red lips… other signs of a healthy ready-to-have-babies woman.

Women need men who will protect them… broad shoulders. Why do you think women have "a thing" for a man in uniform? Because of the squared off shoulder pads! Women want/need the alpha male. The guy who will protect them and their home.

This can explain (I didn't say EXCUSE, I said EXPLAIN) why some men cheat. They are hard-wired to want to procreate as often as possible. It's a challenge thing, the caveman hunt. Find, procreate, move on. Even flirting can be a "high" for a man… the ability to attract one woman (or many!) boosts his self-esteem. Self-esteem can be a necessary part of living a long life. But sometimes after that big ego boost the man is blinded by the urge and just can't help himself. So flirting is only the preamble, whether he knows it or not.

I realize I'm not saying anything new or enlightening, but it is to ME because I never knew about, read about, or THOUGHT about this kind of stuff. It suddenly gives life a whole new sense of… sense.

And the most intriguing thing (for me) is the idea that our current emotions might be traced back to our primal instincts. They could be horrid mutations of things we NEEDED to survive.

Jealousy, materialism, anger, the propensity toward obesity, etc.

Okay, enough for now… my brain is starting to hurt. Heh. But aside from my belief that so much of who we are is about primal instinct, I also am very firm in my belief that people often do what they do because of physiological issues rather than moral or ethical (choice) issues. Maybe more on that tomorrow…


Humor
Apparently this family was always finding water all over their pool deck and furniture every time they came home after being away for a few hours. They thought the neighborhood kids were waiting for them to leave and using the pool but they could never catch them doing it. So they set up their video camera and left. This is what they found.


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2 comments:

  1. I absolutely LOVE that doggy video! What a hoot! I couldn't watch it last night from my slow dial up at home, so I emailed myself your blog link to my work.

    thanks LauraB!

    Miss Kate

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  2. Ha! Hi Kate! I love it too. It's so freakin' funny and just so innocent... doggy having fun. I love it!

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