Saturday, August 9, 2014
I was not incredibly surprised to read about the good gene hypothesis or mate value in the lecture regarding reproduction. As a biology major, I had to take a class in biodiversity and evolution; one of the first things that we learned in class is that an individual’s level of success (in the evolutionary sense of the word) is measured by the number of viable, healthy offspring that he or she creates. Although humans separate themselves as being vastly superior to other animals, we all still feel the basic evolutionary need to procreate. However, I do not believe that when we look for our better halves we judge them on how many children they can give us. Instead many people subconsciously judge potential mates on incredibly superficial aspects. I would appreciate a mate more if he were loving and kind rather than if he drove a fancy car or showered me with expensive gifts. It was incredibly interesting to read about some of the characteristics that can increase an individual’s mate value. It seems obvious that a more physically attractive person could have an easier time attracting mates compared to a person who lacks physical attractiveness but excels in the other items in the mate value inventory. Also, I can imagine that the score that one gives him or herself may differ from the score of mate value as judged by other individuals. Overall, it’s fascinating to compare the ways that humans and animals judge another individual in terms of their mate value.