This is a great post ! To bad I missed it. S & F
It's also fun to bump interesting threads
Highly speculative is my thing.
So before I post my uneducated opinion which has not been violated with any respectable expert teachings on this matter. Oh... sorry there is 1 sort
I don't think this is a big surprise. Life as we know started out as beings which simply cloned themselves. Just like bacteria still do today.
There came a point this process became more complex where at first there were hermaphrodite species ( both male and female ) and after that a distinct
difference between the sexes was the way to go. ( just a simplified story )
Now life does not do stuff for nothing. Life was under attack. and in this case viruses were the attackers. Life made it impossible for viruses to
kill of an entire population in a single blow. By splitting up the reproducement system ensuring different genes will mix and so cause little
differences from one individual to another.
A virus would still kill but with a little luck there always were survivors because of a genetic difference which proved to be to big of an obstacle
for the virus.
But a virus is mutating to adjust to those differences. Speeding up the process of change.
So every time a person survived a virus they share a little DNA and pass it through to their offspring. Do to the still ongoing arms battle. It's not
even strange we have merged as a species.
So I think a virus is responsible for the fact we are of different sexes and it's one major league player in evolution. As it's a driving force even
when it looks like nothing is really happening. There is still a cold war going on inside your body from time to time.
Without the virus we would not be standing here today.
No wonder the matrix scene from smith sounds so bloody familiar.
We are not the only species that behave in such a manner tho.
Every living creature on this Earth will when left without predators. Spread and reproduce to a point they destroy their habitats resources until
their is nothing left for them to use. They will end up starving to death.
So here is the solution for population control.
Stop trying to save everybody and reintroduce our natural predators back in our life's.
Nice thought provoking thread Thank you OP
[edit on 11-4-2010 by Sinter Klaas]