Jan. 19, 2007 Future Salon Joe Quirk

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Why all the precautions? I didn’t want you to get into any trouble at work. If you want lurid stuff, go elsewhere. The web is full of it and Joe Quirk can tell you why.

On Friday January 19, 2007 at the Bay Area Future Salon in Palo Alto, Joe Quirk talked about his new book, Sperm Are From Men, Eggs Are From Women. It was a frank, ribald and funny lecture on Human Evolutionary Reproductive Behavior (HERB). He did lots of research and determined that men think about just one thing, and women too. In fact, it drives human behavior to evolve huge brains just so we think about it all the time. Even more, it determines how societies are organized. Many of our laws and customs are to control this behavior.

After the published reports of Kinsey and Skinner, I have few illusions about human behavior. I always worry that a book about human behavior will give people excuses for bad behavior. I’d like to think that we are more than the monkeys we evolved from, but Quirk says no. When less enlightened people talk about unnatural behavior, they need to take a look at the natural world. Did you know that whales go through menopause? This might explain why they migrate from arctic to tropical waters. They are just trying to get comfortable. Did you know gay black swans adopt other eggs and raise them as their own? Wait till they find that out in Florida.

I’m curious if humans will ever triumph over their desires. Will they be human anymore? What happens if they evolve into machines of some sort? Will they wage war for space on hard drives? Will they send each other poetry? Will our seeds of creation will be our seeds of destruction?

DNA or software, we must be more than the sum of our code.

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http://www.futuresalon.org/2007/01/excellent_futur.html

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