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How did homosexuality evolve?

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18 minutes ago, zedrexvsyrex said:

I believe that sexuality is the link between nature and nurture.

Therefore it has a genetic component. Therefore it evolved.

18 minutes ago, zedrexvsyrex said:

And while it may not explain all, it may account for a significant amount.

You would need some good evidence for that. My understanding of the experiments you are referring to is that they put animals in situations of extreme overcrowding etc. That does not correspond to how most people live.

18 minutes ago, zedrexvsyrex said:

Interestingly, the rise of social media coincided with the rise of sexual deviancy (sexual deviancy being defined in this case as non-heterosexual and/or cross-species sexual intercourse), which very well could be increasing social pressure. 

That is such an extraordinary claim, you had better have some extraordinary evidence. I suspect it is complete and utter bilge.

(Ignoring, for the moment, the grossly offensive use of "deviancy" to describe non-heterosexual relations.)

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3 minutes ago, Strange said:

Therefore it has a genetic component. Therefore it evolved.

Socialization/nurture evolved FROM nature because it increased our chances of survival. I think that homosexuality evolved (what an oxymoron!) just as a byproduct of how heavily influenced we are by socialization. So in reality, it's not that non-heterosexuality evolved per se, it's just that altruism evolved (along with a desire for altruism), which I believe is a better way of stating the evolutionary mechanism at play. Not to mention, it assumes that all homosexuals are feminine, maternal, and nurturing in behavior which is a gross generalization anyway.

15 minutes ago, Strange said:

My understanding of the experiments you are referring to is that they put animals in situations of extreme overcrowding etc. That does not correspond to how most people live.

Overcrowding in a social sense. The mouse farms never reached maximal capacity, nor were they even close to it either. This makes it all the more interesting. There were more rodents than social roles could fill, which gave rise to the chaos. I wonder how much can be attributed to humans as well, with Dunbar's Number and all that. 

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9 minutes ago, zedrexvsyrex said:

I think that homosexuality evolved (what an oxymoron!)

Where is the oxymoron?

9 minutes ago, zedrexvsyrex said:

So in reality, it's not that non-heterosexuality evolved per se, it's just that altruism evolved (along with a desire for altruism), which I believe is a better way of stating the evolutionary mechanism at play.

What evidence do you have for a relationship between altruism and homosexuality?

10 minutes ago, zedrexvsyrex said:

Not to mention, it assumes that all homosexuals are feminine, maternal, and nurturing in behavior which is a gross generalization anyway.

As well as being wrong. 

10 minutes ago, zedrexvsyrex said:

Overcrowding in a social sense. The mouse farms never reached maximal capacity, nor were they even close to it either. This makes it all the more interesting. There were more rodents than social roles could fill, which gave rise to the chaos. 

As that doesn’t correspond to how most people live (and homosexuality has existed at all times in all sorts of cultures) it seems utterly irrelevant. 

But feel free to provide some actual evidence

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