Posted by: Chris | October 4, 2010

Squirrel Masturbation and the Delaware Senate Race

Of course, the relationship only exists in Andrew’s mind.  I know this was just a flippant aside, but it is indicative by a broader phenomenon in the popular consumption of biology papers (propelled, undoubtably, by over-eager university press offices).  People see an adaptionist explanation for certain animal behaviors and immediately use it to justify a convergent human behavior, regardless of the merits of this comparison.  Plainly, humans and ground squirrels are compelled to masturbate for different reasons and at different frequencies.  But this doesn’t stop people like Andrew from making stupid points.

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