Whisper (serpentwhisper) wrote in sociobiology,

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*tap, tap*... is this thing on...?

This community is surprisingly dead...

How about some discussion on costly signaling theory or parent-offspring conflict? Or whatever... Let's get some discussion going, ya?

Anyone familiar with adoption-studies and the associated literature?
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Are you in undergrad? Have a concentration/major?

I was that way, too, when I was younger... still am to a certain extent. Though, now, in grad school, even if you don't have a focus in your mind, you're *expected* to. It's a strange transistion.

Is there anything regarding human ecology that you think you might be interested in?
Well, I could go on and on about "parent-offspring conflict" but I have a hunch it would clear the room. ("Damn you, mother!!")
Nope, unfamiliar with all of it. Where to start?
sociobiology--i'm thinking that human behavior can be analyzed in terms of survival fitness.

anybody heard of memes? like little cultural genes or something?

i was wondering if anyone ever thought about how people reproduce and have kids and they do the same and so on and so forth, etc, until here we all are...

and the pattern cannot continue forever because resources are limited by nature.

what other options are there? in the world today?
I certainly think often about familially inherited behaviors. Yet I think sociobiology should focus on cultures and populations, not individuals, because there are so many variables at the individual level.

I would be interested in learning what a sociobiological approach to the question, "Why are American youth not performing as well as their international peers in math and science?," would look like.


Young men acquire a schema through television media that associates professional athletes, performance artists, and to a lesser degree businessmen with romantic success with most desirable mates. About scientists and mathematicians, they learn that they are not socially desirable (low romantic success).

Other than those parents who come from families with histories of success in those areas, as well as voluntary immigrants who internalize an ethnic identity associated with success in those fields (also affirmed by TV), many parents inculcate these same values in their young men. Fathers fervently push their sons to do well in sports, not chemistry.

Thoughts on how this is different in other countries? What about the development of young women?