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Play The Man
07-28-2009, 11:23 PM
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/science/article6727710.ece
Women are getting more beautiful
FOR the female half of the population, it may bring a satisfied smile. Scientists have found that evolution is driving women to become ever more beautiful, while men remain as aesthetically unappealing as their caveman ancestors.

The researchers have found beautiful women have more children than their plainer counterparts and that a higher proportion of those children are female. Those daughters, once adult, also tend to be attractive and so repeat the pattern.

Over generations, the scientists argue, this has led to women becoming steadily more aesthetically pleasing, a “beauty race” that is still on. The findings have emerged from a series of studies of physical attractiveness and its links to reproductive success in humans.

In a study released last week, Markus Jokela, a researcher at the University of Helsinki, found beautiful women had up to 16% more children than their plainer counterparts. He used data gathered in America, in which 1,244 women and 997 men were followed through four decades of life. Their attractiveness was assessed from photographs taken during the study, which also collected data on the number of children they had.
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This builds on previous work by Satoshi Kanazawa, an evolutionary psychologist at the London School of Economics, who found that good-looking parents were far more likely to conceive daughters. He suggested this was an evolutionary strategy subtly programmed into human DNA.

He cited two findings from the Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, a US government-backed study that is monitoring more than 15,000 Americans. The measurements include objective assessments of physical attractiveness.

One finding was that women were generally regarded by both sexes as more aesthetically appealing than men. The other was that the most attractive parents were 26% less likely to have sons.

Kanazawa said: “Physical attractiveness is a highly heritable trait, which disproportionately increases the reproductive success of daughters much more than that of sons.

“If more attractive parents have more daughters and if physical attractiveness is heritable, it logically follows that women over many generations gradually become more physically attractive on average than men.”

In men, by contrast, good looks appear to count for little, with handsome men being no more successful than others in terms of numbers of children. This means there has been little pressure for men’s appearance to evolve.

rockdawg21
07-29-2009, 01:11 AM
And I thought you were going to tell us that Obama is retracting the Recovery Act realizing that he is selling our great-great grandsons' futures.

Play The Man
07-29-2009, 01:36 AM
And I thought you were going to tell us that Obama is retracting the Recovery Act realizing that he is selling our great-great grandsons' futures.

Unfortunately, not. They will still be paying off our debt . . . but, at least they will have smoking hot wives!

rockdawg21
07-29-2009, 01:45 AM
Unfortunately, not. They will still be paying off our debt . . . but, at least they will have smoking hot wives!
Well, probably not, when the rest of the U.S. turns into trailer trash from being broke and unable to afford education. :laugh:

Play The Man
07-29-2009, 02:09 AM
Well, probably not, when the rest of the U.S. turns into trailer trash from being broke and unable to afford education. :laugh:

Have you ever seen the movie, Idiocracy? It is about the premise of your post. An Army librarian is part of a botched Army science experiment and wakes up from suspended animation in 500 years. Over the intervening 500 years, smart people have not been having children and dumb people have been having kids like crazy. The world is one big garbage heap and people can't read. The first 5 minutes of the film are the best. They contrast a YUPpie couple with a "Jerry Springer"-type couple. The YUPpie's are infertile and the husband dies of a heart attack while submitting a sperm sample. They literally show the family tree of the "Jerry Springer"-type couple grow like a weed as the father impregnates all the neighbor ladies.

rockdawg21
07-29-2009, 02:13 AM
Have you ever seen the movie, Idiocracy? It is about the premise of your post. An Army librarian is part of a botched Army science experiment and wakes up from suspended animation in 500 years. Over the intervening 500 years, smart people have not been having children and dumb people have been having kids like crazy. The world is one big garbage heap and people can't read. The first 5 minutes of the film are the best. They contrast a YUPpie couple with a "Jerry Springer"-type couple. The YUPpie's are infertile and the husband dies of a heart attack while submitting a sperm sample. They literally show the family tree of the "Jerry Springer"-type couple grow like a weed as the father impregnates all the neighbor ladies.
LOL, yeah, I have, it's hilarious! I wasn't even thinking about that when I made my post, but it almost seems that's the road we would be heading if we really do become broke from Obama's Recovery Act.

Play The Man
10-23-2009, 02:46 AM
Have you ever seen the movie, Idiocracy? It is about the premise of your post. An Army librarian is part of a botched Army science experiment and wakes up from suspended animation in 500 years. Over the intervening 500 years, smart people have not been having children and dumb people have been having kids like crazy. The world is one big garbage heap and people can't read. The first 5 minutes of the film are the best. They contrast a YUPpie couple with a "Jerry Springer"-type couple. The YUPpie's are infertile and the husband dies of a heart attack while submitting a sperm sample. They literally show the family tree of the "Jerry Springer"-type couple grow like a weed as the father impregnates all the neighbor ladies.

This is a link to the first 3 minutes of Idiocracy. Warning: There is profanity in the clip.

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/2682654/idiocracy_opening_sequence/

flo
10-23-2009, 03:52 AM
That clip was hilarious, lol!!! So, is the rest worth seeing?




I thought this thread would be about the debt too :-)

Play The Man
10-23-2009, 04:26 AM
That clip was hilarious, lol!!! So, is the rest worth seeing?




I thought this thread would be about the debt too :-)

The first 3 minutes is definitely the funniest part of the movie. The rest of the movie is good, but not excellent. I would give it 3 out of 4 stars.

flo
10-23-2009, 05:17 AM
Thanks! I'll add it to our Netflix list.