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Polygamy

polygamy

1. The having of a plurality of wives or husbands at the same time; usually, the marriage of a man to more than one woman, or the practice of having several wives, at the same time; opposed to monogamy; as, the nations of the East practiced polygamy. See the note under Bigamy, and cf. Polyandry.

2. (Science: zoology) The state or habit of having more than one mate.

3. (Science: botany) The condition or state of a plant which bears both perfect and unisexual flowers.

Origin: Gr.; cf. F. Polygamie.


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Re: discussion topics for genes and fidelity?

... is therefore irrelevant. However, these are two questions I think are good: + In terms of evolution, what are the advantages and disadvantages of polygamy/monogamy? + Are there any potential benefits of having a low commitment between male and female?

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by aptitude
Tue Oct 04, 2011 6:36 am
 
Forum: Genetics
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Discuss monogamy & polygamy

... 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 ...

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by mcar
Wed Oct 15, 2008 3:24 am
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Discuss monogamy & polygamy
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Re: Discuss monogamy & polygamy

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" m...

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by Darby
Thu Oct 09, 2008 8:09 pm
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Discuss monogamy & polygamy
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Discuss monogamy & polygamy

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 ...

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by AstusAleator
Thu Oct 09, 2008 2:16 am
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Discuss monogamy & polygamy
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Re: Discuss monogamy & polygamy

... of childhood helplessness, the longer animals pair-bond. We have the longest childhood in the animal kingdom. Monogamy is an instinct. So is polygamy. I made a funny video about it, called "Is Monogamy Natural?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEdHz0eIpm4

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by joequirk
Mon Sep 15, 2008 2:31 am
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Discuss monogamy & polygamy
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