ALTERNATE CONDITIONAL STRATEGIES

ALTERNATE CONDITIONAL STRATEGIES - LARGE NUMBERS OF...

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ALTERNATE CONDITIONAL STRATEGIES 1. CHOICE OF TACTICS CUED BY SPECIFIC ENVIRONMENTAL FEATURES; E.G, IF ATTRACTIVE, INCREASE MATING EFFORT. IF UNATTRACTIVE, INCREASE PARENTING EFFORT 2. ALTERNATE STRATEGIES ARE GENETIC UNIVERSALS (SPECIES-TYPICAL, WITHIN SEX) 3. ALTERNATE STRATEGIES LEAD TO GREATER FITNESS THAN STRATEGIES THAT DO NOT TAKE ACCOUNT OF CONTEXTUAL VARIATION. E.G., THE ALTERNATE STRATEGY 'IF ATTRACTIVE SEEK LARGE NUMBERS OF FEMALES' WOULD HAVE TO LEAD TO HIGHER FITNESS THAN 'ALWAYS SEEK
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Unformatted text preview: LARGE NUMBERS OF FEMALES' THERE IS MEAN DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN ON DESIRE FOR SEX WITHOUT COMMITMENT, BUT DISTRIBUTIONS OF MEN AND WOMEN OVERLAP. ABOUT 30% OF MEN EXPRESS LESS FAVORABLE ATTITUDES TOWARD UNCOMMITTED SEX THAN THE MEDIAN FOR WOMEN. THIS SUPPORTS THE ALTERNATE STRATEGY THEORY. BEST STRATEGY FOR 'TYPICAL MAN' MAY BE TO INVEST IN OFFSPRING OF SINGLE MATE. ANALOGY: IF THE BEST JOB IS TO BE A BRAIN SURGEON, BECOMING ONE IS NOT A GOOD STRATEGY FOR MOST MEN....
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