Quora – Have humans bypassed the natural urge to reproduce

Have humans bypassed the natural urge to reproduce genetically?

There is a problem in the formulation of the question.

Evolution doesn’t have purpose.

We don’t have evolved urges to reproduce – that is a human interpretation.

What we have, is systems that produce behaviours (urges) that on average, over time, have tended to survive better than any of the other variations around.

Giving those systems the idea of a purpose is a useful mental shorthand, but is not how it actually works in practice most of the time.

Most of us like the act of sex.

Having sex tends to produce kids.

Once we have kids, we tend to bond to them strongly. We call it love.

We have similar bonding to our mates, most of us, most of the time.

We certainly have urges.

Some of those urges are to do things that usually result in offspring.

And certainly, we can have many stories about the value of children, and our love for them, and that is evolution in a different realm – mimetics – and that is a whole different story, with many of the same themes, and a bunch of new ones.

And yes, we can now alter the context of our environments and bodies sufficiently that even if we do all the urges our bodies have, we don’t necessarily have children any more.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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