So today I stumbled across this article.
For those who can't be assed clicking the link and reading it (ie most of you), it basically states that we humans are not biologically inclined towards monogamy. Monogamy, as this bloke puts it, is a learned behavior; we may not be naturally monogamous, but we can certainly choose to be.
He says that:
"...there can be no serious debate about whether monogamy is natural for human beings. It isn't. A Martian zoologist visiting planet Earth would have no doubt: Homo sapiens carry all the evolutionary stigmata of a mildly polygamous mammal with both sexes having a penchant for occasional 'extra-pair copulations'".
I can certainly see the logic behind such statements. How many of you here have been cheated on? Moreover, how many of you have cheated on someone? Somewhere out there, someone's shifting in their seat, perhaps feeling a bit guilty (and so you should, you cheating bastard
I can think of several people (myself included) who would argue that we are not
monogamous by nature, but at the same time I can think of a few people who have never felt inclined to engage in 'extra pair copulation'.
Do you think that those who say they believe in monogamy are just people who haven't had the opportunity to cheat?
Do you think that the majority have just been taught
that monogamy is the right way and that it's therefore natural to want - and be with - more than one person?
Lastly, does this justify the actions of the unfaithful?