Evolution of Beauty
One of the explanations of the abundance of life forms around us and their development is Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. This theory is widely known. It is staunchly accepted by many and zealously combated by a smaller number of people (opponents of evolution). The theory of evolution is thought to hinge upon genetic mutations and natural selection mechanisms – the first gives the stuff to choose from and the second ensures that most adaptive organisms survive and reproduce.
However, Darwin is famous not only for his natural selection insights which purportedly explain everything from mass extinctions to what bodily features would grow to which species would thrive and occupy all possible evolutionary niches. He was also an advocate of sexual selection theory. This theory has been neglected and almost forgotten by scientists as Richard Prum argues in his book entitled “The Evolution of Beauty”. Prum contends that the act of choosing a mate for purely aesthetic reasons -for the mere pleasure of it -is an independent engine of evolutionary change.
If you want to understand sexual conflict and mate picking in a better way you are well advised to read “The Evolution of Beauty”. Prum ventures into such exciting topics as how female preferences have changed male bodies, and even maleness itself. Should you want to share with us your views on Darwin’s theory of sexual selection you are welcome to write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org