Plants & Human Affairs
Cherries.wmf (7140 bytes) Plants & Human Affairs (BIOL106)  -  Stephen G. Saupe, Ph.D.; Biology Department, College of St. Benedict/St. John's University, Collegeville, MN 56321;;

Freudian Slip


Directions:  Read Stephen J. Gould's essay "Freudian Slip" (Natural History, February, Vol. 96; 1987).  Bring to class, typed, answers to the following questions (a sentence or two for each is fine):

  1. What is an adaptation?  Give an example.

  2. Why do males have nipples?  Provide two adaptationist explanations.

  3. Explain why, from an evolutionary perspective, males/females have orgasms.

  4. There is a separation of the site of organism and the site of intercourse in human females.  Explain why, from a strictly adaptationist viewpoint this separation is unexpected.  Then, explain why this situation exists.



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