The Nature of Consciousness

Piero Scaruffi

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These are excerpts and elaborations from my book "The Nature of Consciousness"

Sexiness

In the 1980s the US biologist Russell Landehad already argued that sexual selection is a form of positive feedback, whereby features that attract the other sex tend to increase and, at the same time, the preference for those features in the other sex also tends to increase.The offspring of the mating caused by those preferences is likely to inherit the same preference and the loop continues at ever increasing speed.The result is an exponential increase in the "sexy" feature, whether a tail or a sound. Basically, sexual attraction is an inherited mistake.

In 1993 the US biologist Randy Thornhillshowed that several of the most common attributes of beauty could constitute a good indicator of a healthy body. What we perceive as ďbeautifulĒ in a woman or man turns out to be simply a good immune system. Evolution taught us how to tell from the outside how good a personís immune system is.

His colleague, Austrian ethologist Karl Grammer, showed that even a personís smell could be a good indicator of that personís immunological strength.

 


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