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Postby AstusAleator » Thu Oct 09, 2008 2:16 am

Aside from that, STDs play a large role in promoting monogamy these days.

You're confusing polygamy with promiscuity or infidelity. In a polygamous relationship, if there is no infidelity or promiscuity then there is no need for concern over STDs.

Darby I really like your point about the need for multiple adult males cooperating. It really makes sense, as converting to monogamy reduces conflict between the males.
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Re: Discuss monogamy & polygamy

Postby Darby » Thu Oct 09, 2008 8:09 pm

Groups of humans do a lot of hunting and constructing that requires cooperative groups of males (as well as the occasional war). Primitive humans tend also to have very complex sharing rules - rather than every bit of food going into a communal pot, distribution favors working, "married" males and their families. This allows males in the group to provide for their own children (and in a pair bond, they can be reasonably sure that their children are their children) as long as they're in a marriage. And the number of wives someone is allowed is connected to all sorts of other group dynamics - sometimes one wife per husband is a decidedly better social arrangement than multiple wives.
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Postby mcar » Wed Oct 15, 2008 3:24 am

In my point of view here, humans had developed social sytems. Organized and implemented rules parallel with what is supposed to be moral. We built governing bodies, in such a way we developed morality, in terms of what is right and what is wrong. In Philippines and in some Christian countries, polygamy is seen as immoral. Biblically speaking, anyone who leaves and marries another is adultery.
But of course, we are humans and we can not always pattern our life with what is moral always. There will always be imperfection in our ways of living. Not all things which are moral are ethical and vice versa. Morality is product of human systems. Some may justify their deeds in accordance to what they believe. Others rely on their social systems, with the things that have been existing in their culture and system since their ancestors' time.
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