Love and Species

Let's say that I am speaking of the predators from the movie "Aliens" for the sake of argument. Since they have lived their entire history in a state of war between tribes and nations and religions and races and individuals etc. to select the most vicious and survivable of the species. The female of that species must also live in that culture and what would they look for in a mate? I think that if they wanted to survive and care for their children, they would select a top predator. The problem there is that they would also have to live with a relentless predator. In terms of the evolution of new species,( which a continuous process), what would be a more survivable entity in that environment? Certainly the intelligence of the predator would be an issue in their survivability. It seems that the fact that intellect and cooperative action would ultimately win in that environment, would the intermediate species cease to exist? Much is made of the fact that the Cro-Magnon displaced the Neanderthal (I think) but could it be that they simply faded away for lack of skill to deal with life? As much as I make of being a rational, considerate person .... why would I like the movie "Ultraviolet"? The theme of the movie is that "Violet" is a mutant and is killing humans to save her race and adopts a semi-human child and kills thousands of humans to protect that one child. I think that the kill rate in that movie is higher than the "Punisher". This is one of the things that I wonder most about, it is not the joy and peacefulness of love, but the actual interaction of male/female of a species that that has shown such a relentless desire to kill even without any rational motive.

5 comments:

Jessica said...

I believe this is similar to the statement you made in an earlier post about an outdated concept. Our technical advances has left our evolution in the dust (or rather we have left our natural state behind), so some behaviors which are instinctually rational may now seem irrational.

It would be difficult to blame someone for defending a baby's life even if it resulted in the attacker's death. I've not seen "Ultraviolet", but it's obviously fiction and is therefore an exaggeration or caricature of human behavior.

Still, to the point of male/female interactions, you use the word "rational" in your last sentence. I think that word often ceases to exist in certain types of interactions.

Paul Mohr said...

I am embarrassed to say that I spent an hour watching the drama of social interaction between three chameleons when I was last in Florida. It was two males and a female obviously. I was stunned at the complexity of behavior that was exhibited by a creature with the brain smaller than a breath mint. The specificity and exactness with which each played their part was incredible. This is why I find ants so interesting, they can exhibit emergent behavior that is extremely complex and some of the ant species have brains that are the size of a speck of dust. I see your point that reason may not be a consideration in analyzing the process.

Jessica said...

I don't think that's embarrassing. Although it wasn't for an hour, I stood for about 15 minutes one morning on my way to work watching birds on a wire vie for the highest point. It was quite amusing.

I was speaking specifically of humans, as I believe much of our brains is responsible for memory, which contributes to the complexity and irrationality of our actions. Lucky little ants. I suspect they have no concept of emotions. They have their purpose hard-wired into their brains and can contribute so effectively to a collective. Certainly a different world than ours.

Jessica said...

I don't think that's embarrassing. Although it wasn't for an hour, I stood for about 15 minutes one morning on my way to work watching birds on a wire vie for the highest point. It was quite amusing.

I was speaking specifically of humans, as I believe much of our brains is responsible for memory, which contributes to the complexity and irrationality of our actions. Lucky little ants. I suspect they have no concept of emotions. They have their purpose hard-wired into their brains and can contribute so effectively to a collective. Certainly a different world than ours.

Podblack Blog said...

Funny, for a second I thought you were referring to the UK TV drama/sci fi (only one in the series, but well worth catching) 'Ultraviolet'. Although in that case, when you watch it, you'll discover that there is a well-reasoned aim behind the "Code V's" decision to cull humans from the earth.

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