40 years of faulty wiring

You Sexy Thing, You

Speaking of organ donation in my blog What do Organ Donation and High School Students Have in Common the one major organ I blogged about determined whether to pull or not to pull (to be or not to be) the plug. Of course I’m referring to the brain, our most essential organ yet ironically the one organ that we can’t donate …yet. Naturally there is reason to believe we are heading in that direction, not so much transplanting the entire organ perhaps but tissues and even connecting synapses to assist people with neurological conditions such as Alzheimers and Parkinson’s Disease.

I digress. In your opinion what is the sexiest part of a woman/man? What makes a person sexy?  Beautiful breasts? Long legs? Broad shoulders? Thick hair? A suave accent? All of those preceeding answers are completely wrong. Your brain is the sexiest organ in your body. How’s that? Your brain releases hormones, pheromones and neurotransmitters that send out and receive sexual signals. This doesn’t mean you are on the prowl looking for a sex partner every time you leave the house. But your brain is almost constantly receiving and giving sex signals every day. Watch Science of Sex Appeal – Out of Your League?

140,000 years ago catching food, finding shelter, not getting eaten by a sabre tooth cat, and reproducing were the raison d’etre for every species of human. The male was always the aggressor, hence the higher frequency men today think about and generally seek out sex. The female looked to make a “nest”by reproducing and raising young once every 2 – 3 years and retaining the care of her mate. Hence women’s need for sexual loyalty from their partners: a straying partner is a threat to their sense of security for themselves and their young.  Watch Science of Sex Appeal – The dating and mating pool

Sexologists observe human behaviour and have made a close parallel to our ancestors’ behaviours and our own behaviours today. Here is an example:  a young woman stands at a red traffic light. Nearby a man with a child in a minivan is waiting at the light. He looks her over, for several seconds. Her eyes flicker over him then look away seeking men who appear to be available. The reason? He has made a nest with someone else and he is not available to make one with her. She is uninterested in unavailable men and instinctively seeks out single men. Her behaviour is about passing on her genes to a future generation. She refuses to waste her energy on a man who has nested with someone else.

This case study provides strong evidence that sexual attraction and arousal is visual. Stranger, it isn’t the physical appearance of another person that is the strongest initial attraction between people: it is movement. Queen summed up  this concept quite poignantly in a hit song entitled  Body Language. A coordinated and athletic person sends the signal that this person has good genetic stock and that adds to his or her attractiveness.

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June 21, 2011 - Posted by | Human Biology, Human psychology | , , ,

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