RE: virus: Sexuality

David McFadzean (
Sun, 08 Sep 1996 10:59:38 -0600

At 07:43 AM 08/09/96 -0700, Richard Brodie wrote:
>I made the point in VotM that spreading hypocritical memes discouraging
>other people from sexual activity leaves the field more open for the
>meme spreader. So I would expect that to continue. In other words, a "go
>for it" attitude does not seem evolutionarily stable.

I agree that a hypocritical stance on sexual mores would have a
selective advantage in a conservative climate, but that doesn't mean
that it is not an evolutionarily stable strategy. My understanding of
an ESS is that when it is the established prevalent strategy, no other
competing strategy has a selective advantage. So a "go for it" attitude
would not be evolutionarily stable only if sexual conservatives have
a selective advantage in a sexually liberal society, which I don't think
is the case.

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus