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sexual selection

Overview page. Subjects: Genetics and Genomics.

The theory, proposed by Darwin, that in some species males compete for mates and that characteristics enhancing their success in mating would have value and be perpetuated irrespective of...

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Sexual Selection, Timing and an X–Y Homologous Gene: Did Homo Sapiens Speciate on the Y Chromosome?

Tim J. Crow.

in The Speciation of Modern Homo Sapiens

January 2004; p ublished online February 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology. 7576 words.

This chapter provides a theory of the speciation of modern Homo sapiens, that a single gene played a critical role in the transition from a precursor species. The theory is founded upon the...

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The evolution of ritual as a process of sexual selection

Camilla Power.

in The Social Origins of Language

June 2014; p ublished online August 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Sociolinguistics; Psycholinguistics. 5065 words.

Our Machiavellian abilities for reverse dominance have made us into animals capable of symbolic communication. Ritual emerged as collective intentional action against would-be dominants....

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Socialization and Selection in the Link between Friends' Religiosity and the Transition to Sexual Intercourse*

Amy Adamczyk.

in Sociology of Religion

January 2009; p ublished online April 2009 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Religion; Sociology of Religion. 8865 words.

Although much research has examined how friends influence teens' sexual behaviors, little attention has been given to the association between friends' religiosity and coital debut. This...

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Sex and Sexuality

John M. Reilly.

in The Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing

January 1999; p ublished online January 2005 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (Fiction, Novelists, and Prose Writers). 967 words.

Since sexuality with its attendant processes of sexual display and competition for mates, mate selection, and mate guarding has such

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Sex and Selection: a Reply to Matthen

Tim Lewens.

in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science

September 2001; p ublished online September 2001 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Philosophy of Science; Science and Mathematics. 0 words.

Mohan Matthen ([1999]) argues that when reproduction is sexual, natural selection can explain why individual organisms possess the traits they do. In stating his argument Matthen makes use...

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Preferential Sex Linkage of Sexually Selected Genes: Evidence and a New Explanation

Klaus Reinhold.

in The Speciation of Modern Homo Sapiens

January 2004; p ublished online February 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology. 5375 words.

This chapter discusses evidence and theory on sex chromosomal linkage of sexually selected traits that may be the key to a functional separation of sexual and natural selection. It reviews...

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The Darwinian Theory

Michael Ruse.

in Darwinism as Religion

November 2016; p ublished online October 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies; Literary Studies (19th Century). 7948 words.

Charles Robert Darwin published the Origin of Species in 1859 and then the follow-up book on our species, the Descent of Man, in 1871. He argued not just for the idea of evolution but also...

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Popeye’s Impersonal Temple

Michael Wainwright.

in Faulkner's Sexualities

July 2010; p ublished online March 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards). 7181 words.

This chapter examines representations of sexuality in William Faulkner’s novel Sanctuary, focusing on the biological context in which sexual subjects are constructed in Faulkner’s culture...

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Contributions from Biology

Neil Messer.

in The Oxford Handbook of Theology, Sexuality, and Gender

November 2014; p ublished online May 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Religion; Religious Studies; Religion and Science. 8862 words.

This chapter surveys biological research on selected topics in human sexuality and reproduction. It begins with a brief introduction to the approaches of evolutionary biology and...

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Darwinian Evolutionary Theory

Michael Ruse.

in The Problem of War

December 2018; p ublished online November 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Moral Philosophy. 7378 words.

Charles Robert Darwin, the English naturalist, published On the Origin of Species in 1859 and the follow-up work The Descent of Man in 1871. In these works, he argued for his theory of...

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The Master of the Masek Beds: Handaxes, Art, and the Minds of Early Humans1

Gregory Currie.

in The Aesthetic Mind

October 2011; p ublished online January 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art. 11303 words.

I investigate the significance of what seems to be very early aesthetic activity among our ancestors as far back as one million years ago. I consider the hypothesis that this activity was...

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Love and Sex

John Holmes.

in Darwin's Bards

September 2009; p ublished online March 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets). 17938 words.

This chapter examines the implications of the fact that humans are animals for how they think about love and sexual desire. Constance Naden's finest achievement as a comic poet is the...

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The Theory of Evolution

Stephen Davies.

in The Artful Species

December 2012; p ublished online January 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art. 4870 words.

This chapter outlines the now classic account of evolution by natural selection—heritable differences between a species’ members make some survive and reproduce better than others. Other...

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Is Sex Really Necessary? And Other Questions for Lewens

Mohan Matthen.

in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science

June 2003; p ublished online June 2003 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Philosophy of Science; Science and Mathematics. 0 words.

It has been claimed that certain forms of individual essentialism render the Theory of Natural Selection unable to explain why any given individual has the traits it does. Here, three...

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Beyond ABC: Local Prevention Strategies

Jenny Trinitapoli and Alexander Weinreb.

in Religion and AIDS in Africa

August 2012; p ublished online September 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Religious Studies. 7228 words.

Moving beyond the ABC prevention strategies addressed in Chapter 5, this chapter describes four alternative prevention strategies that are often overlooked by public health experts but that...

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Sex After Fifty: The ‘Invisible’ Female Ageing Body in Spanish Women-authored Cinema

Barbara Zecchi.

in Spanish Erotic Cinema

January 2017; p ublished online January 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Film. 7596 words.

This chapter discusses the figure of the ageing female character as a sexual being in a wide selection of films directed by Spanish women filmmakers including Cecilia Bartolomé, Isabel...

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The Aesthetics of Human Beauty

Stephen Davies.

in The Artful Species

December 2012; p ublished online January 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art. 7981 words.

Evolutionary psychologists reduce human beauty to female sexual attractiveness in the context of mate selection. Rather than considering other forms of human beauty, this chapter shows how...

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To a Brown Girl

Laila Haidarali.

in Brown Beauty

September 2018; p ublished online May 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of the Americas. 15731 words.

This chapter explores a selection of writings of thirteen poets who all published in important middle-class literary journals of the Harlem Renaissance. Their works appeared in the Crisis,...

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Aesthetics and Form in Charles Darwin’s Writings

Ian Duncan.

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature

P ublished online February 2017 .

Article. Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century). 10415 words.

Aesthetic modes and categories of perception and judgement were crucial to the development of Charles Darwin’s “theory of descent with modification through natural selection.” Indeed,...

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Sexuality

Pamela K. Gilbert.

in Victorian Literature

P ublished online March 2011 .

Article. Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century). 11750 words.

One challenge for a scholar working in this field is to know exactly what the field is. Once past the question of reproduction, sexuality has been interpreted very differently over time...

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