Thursday, February 19, 2004
Economist.com | The science of love

I have always wondered just how all of us have different tastes when it comes to whom we find attractive. Some like fair-looking people, while some prefer people who are dark. At the same time, we also have certain patterns in our attraction. Studies show that people are predominantly attracted to an opposite sex member of the same race. That seems to be some kind of norm (which is not to say the others are unnatural or anything). Why is this so?

If this theory is true, it could explain this question. It could be that there are as-yet unidentified features that we subconsciously about our partners and reward ourselves when we are with them (I am not sure if this happens only when we have sex). Now, if these features also include our own genetic makeup , there is a good possibility that we automatically get more reward when we are with a person more similar to our own make.

Interestingly, this also debunks an argument abt homosexuality - that since animals do not exhibit homosexuality, it is unnatural. Well, first, animal do exhibit homosexual behavior. Second, well, may be, we are the only species with a minority among them developing in such a way that they feel rewarded only with a partner of the same sex!

Another thing... I might be missing something here. But this still does not explain why, if we are genetically inclined to like a particular partner, there are cases where such affinity, even sexual, wears off drastically.

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