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In psychiatry and psychology, any psychomotor activity (e.g., morbid handwashing) sustained by an individual to relieve anxiety or forestall its development; typically seen in obsessive-compulsive neurosis.

Origin: L. Ritualis, fr. Ritus, rite

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Re: Coercive sexual behaviour evolutionary arms race

Why would there be a natural selection arms race between genders tho? Those beetles have no mating ritual, so if a randomly mutated female beetle's back made her harder to copulate with, surely she'd have less offspring than one that was easier.

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by Abab
Tue Aug 02, 2011 3:30 am
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Coercive sexual behaviour evolutionary arms race
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Why do Africans have large noses and lips?

... falling out as it is eaten. Several different cultures even have plates that they put in their mouths to stretch out the lips. Perhaps this is a ritual from way back then. Just speculating here.

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by kolean
Sat Jul 04, 2009 3:37 am
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: Why do Africans have large noses and lips?
Replies: 35
Views: 254750

Natural selection is proven wrong

... and the same range of alleles of these genes yet be unable to interbreed due to something as trivial as a behavioural difference in the mating ritual. The biological world is in a constant state of change. What we call species are discontinuities that we can recognize by morphology or genetics ...

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by wbla3335
Sun Apr 26, 2009 8:17 am
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Natural selection is proven wrong
Replies: 247
Views: 690088


... the skeletal muscles yeah clearly theyre brutality! so I thought it should be stopped I took pity on them in the laboratory everytime the grizzly ritual is done but the same thing is done to a human some are burried alive tortured to death :wink:

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by volcob
Thu Jan 10, 2008 4:08 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: PETA
Replies: 54
Views: 44935

The origins of Man

... get more information. genovese thanks for enlightening me about Mea Culpas :lol: .I was brought up as a protestant so my knowledge about catholics ritual stuff is poor

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by David George
Thu Sep 27, 2007 3:26 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: The origins of Man
Replies: 68
Views: 45576
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