Why sexual reproduction


Why not just clone or something?

And i read that the argument of makes wanting to pass their genes around is like a rolling bolder since only 50% of genes or is it chromosomes come from the father?

Either way, sex is good.

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

41 thoughts on “Why sexual reproduction

  1. john zande says:

    Sex, good cheese, wine and bread (and pets, music) make it real.

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  2. renudepride says:

    I guess that there had to be a valid reason for humans to find sexual activities pleasurable and fulfilling! 😉 Naked hugs!

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  3. judyt54 says:

    all mammals reproduce this way, all birds, and amphibians, mostly. And since we’re mammals, we might as well have some fun out of it. If it wasn’t fun, I doubt if much would get accomplished.

    Cloning would also eliminate the idea of evolving species, (correct me if Im wrong on this) because making a copy of yourself is just that. You’ve copied your entire self, brain, organs, everything. No little blips that change you into an individual, no hiccups that make you the tallest kid in your family of dwarves, or the shortest kid in school…

    “passing on one’s genes” has always been the excuse of the man who has a wife on the west coast, a wife on the east coast, and a girlfriend in every state in between.

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  4. Usually when I have sex, I’m alone. So, cloning might well be a good idea for me, AND, it involves less Kleenex and lube. 🙂

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  5. Ron says:

    Because “Hey me, wanna’ clone tonight?” seems less than gratifying.

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  6. Cloning could be where we’re headed, Mak. You don’t have to worry about genetic illnesses, and you can give everyone the genes that society wants.

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    • Barry says:

      you can give everyone the genes that society wants” What a terrifying thought!

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      • We’re getting closer to it every day. And it scares me too.

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      • makagutu says:

        You go to the clinic with a shopping list. I want these genes parked for me; a gene for blue eyes, tall legs, short nose, pale skin, long hair, gene for being a grifter

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        • Barry says:

          You do realise that people with blue eyes are more prone to cancer, are more light sensitive and are more likely to become alcohol dependent; that pale colour skin ages less kindly and increases the risk of skin cancer; that as you age, long hair migrates from your head to other parts including ears, nostrils and back (I’m living proof). I’ve got those 3 genes and you’re welcome to them anytime. As they’re all recessive genes, they haven’t been expressed in my children, but one of my grandchildren does have blue eyes.

          A bit of trivia: statistically, blue eyed males have a distinct preference for blue eyed mates. The theory is that by choosing a blue eyed partner, he can be more certain of the paternity of any offspring as blue eyes are less common than brown and both parents must have blue eyes to ensure any blue eyed progeny. Males with other eye colours don’t have an eye colour preference. Nor do females as she knows her genes are carried on in her offspring.

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          • makagutu says:

            My friend, have you not heard of white privilege? So it appears pale skin or some author called it, pink skin, confers some advantages to the possessor.
            And haven’t you seen the lengths my sisters go to have appearance of long hair?
            And no, I didn’t know that about blue eyes. I just mentioned these qualities at random.

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            • Barry says:

              We call it Pākehā privilege, which is to do not so much with skin colour but the social status of your ancestors back in the colonial period. Yes it’s true that this has resulted in Pākehā having a disproportionate share of privilege, but changing genes won’t make any difference today as privilege now is largely determined by the social status of your parents. Choosing who raises you is a greater determinant of your privilege than choosing your genes. Just make sure your parents are lawyers, banking moguls etc, and you’ll have all the privilege you want.

              Having said the above, I realise that in some parts of the world skin colour, ethnicity, religion or culture does have a more significant bearing on privilege than the status of your parents.

              Trivia: 70% of the NZ population are Pākehā but 60% of the Parliament are Pākehā and 50% of the current Cabinet are Pākehā.

              However White privilege is just one type of privilege. In this country, and it is in most developed countries, 85% of all university graduates with autism are unemployed, and it’s even worse for those without a degree (more than 90%), so I consider myself very privileged to have been able to hold down a full time job for 35 years. In contrast, the highest level of unemployment of any ethnic group in NZ is around 8% (twice the national average). Likewise, the life expectancy of autistic people is around 20 years less than the general population far greater than any ethnic group, and the suicide rate is about 8 times that of the general population and around 4 times the highest rate of any ethnic group.

              I, like most autistic adults, don’t consider autism to be a disorder. Rather it’s part of the diversity that makes up human condition, just like gender, skin or eye colour or body shape. We call it neurodiversity. If you think we’re wrong, just think back a few decades when homosexuality was classified as being a disorder by the medical profession. New Zealand and Australia were the first countries to declassify it as a disorder in 1972, followed by the USA a year later. I would like to think that at some time in the not too distant future autism (and other forms of neurodiversity) will also be declassified. We’re not broken, just different.

              Sorry for the rant, but privilege isn’t based only on skin colour Being part of a minority that suffers under-privilege more than any ethnic group in this country, any talk of privilege tends to trigger a sense of anger in me.

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              • makagutu says:

                No need to apologize Barry. Where I come from skin colour has some privilege- white people seem to get preferential treatment in many places & when even ignorant ones are employed as expats, they get better treatment.

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    • makagutu says:

      Can one choose all the advantages the progeny should have

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  7. Cloning requires no technology whatsoever. Rural white people in the deep south of the U.S. have been doing essential that for centuries. The rest of us call it “inbreeding.”

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    • makagutu says:

      Well, I should have said asexual reproduction.
      Do those in the deep south marry within the family? It would be interesting to see how they respond to diseases and the like

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      • Barry says:

        When gene pools become small enough the type of “cloning” is inevitable. Here in Aotearoa New Zealand, this has become a problem with many of our bird species. This last breeding season, which was expected to be the most successful for the endangered Kakapo turned into a disaster when most chicks and many parents died from a new virus variant. This risk is even more obvious (although has not yet happened) with the Chatham Island Robin that was reduced to a single female and five males before recovery was successful.

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      • judyt54 says:

        In our deep south in the US, yeah, cousins do beget cousins, and uncles often marry the pretty niece, but we’re no strangers to that here in New england, either: we have one family that was famous for “marrying into itself” and has been doing so for two hundred years. The traits show in the females, and once you know what their mother’s maiden name was, you think, aha, thats’ why she’s ‘strange’.

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      • Nan says:

        Aren’t the generations of English royalty primarily a result of in-breeding?

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  8. Barry says:

    Why sexual reproduction? Why not 🙂

    It’s fun (unless your religion proscribes otherwise)

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  9. nannus says:

    When the environment changes or a new ecological niche opens up, different organisms in a population might have partial solutions to that evolutionary problem, in the form of gene variants which, when put together, will enable an organism to fill the new niche or respond to the environmental change and solve the “problem” posed by it. Without sexual reproduction, all the innovations in different genes required for an adaption must occur in one line of decent, which makes the adaption time consuming and unlikely. In a species with recombination, partial solutions that occurred in different individuals of a population can come together in one individual. As a result, a species with sexual reproduction will adapt faster and will win the race for new ecological niches. As a result, such species will dominate after some time.
    Regards

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  10. judyt54 says:

    The animals we have now (and man is one of ’em) are too complex, and too genetically over-balanced to risk tinkering with as far as asexual reproduction. They need that variety that comes with natural selection. Some birds, and some other mammals mate for life, and some will die if the mate does.
    I’m wondering, suddenly, if those who ‘mate for life” that thoroughly are part of a process that means little or no evolution is necessary. Those species of animals that can and usually do mate all over the place may still at some subterranean level be still involved in the evolutionary process. Lord knows, man is.

    As one man told me, he feels it his duty to spread his genes wherever he can (and hope neither wife finds out about the girlfriends)…evolution at its finest, yes indeedy.

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    • makagutu says:

      this

      As one man told me, he feels it his duty to spread his genes wherever he can (and hope neither wife finds out about the girlfriends)…evolution at its finest, yes indeedy.

      is really funny. he is not taking any chances

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