DID OUR ANCESTORS WEAR “BEER GOGGLES” ? — Conspicuously Absent From Scientific American Article

Always seeking to understand the nature of human nature, I could not help but be amused by a quote from the following Scientific American article by Michael Shermer http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=our-neandertal-brethren  .  The article itself was quite fascinating, declaring Neanderthals as a subspecies of homo sapiens rather than a separate hominid species.

His evidence comes from the fact that clearly our ancestors and Neanderthals mated and produced viable offspring (the definition of a species) since modern day humans of European and Asian descent contain between 1 to 4% Neanderthal DNA.

Now some of you may know what "beer goggles" are.  In short it is the enhanced attractiveness of members of the opposite sex when one has been over-indulging in alcoholic beverages.

Now despite our attempts to "humanize" the Neaderthals, it would be a stretch to state they were "beautiful" people of their day.  Yet somehow, our ancestors found a way to find the way to have sexual relations with them.  Were they drinking too much bruskies?

To quote Shermer, "I always suspected that Neanderthals and anatomically modern humans interbred based on a simple observation:  humans are the most sexual of all the primates, willing and able to do it just about anywhere, anytime and with anyone (and even with other species if the Kinsey report is to be believed on its findings about farmhands and their animal charges.)

So fellow seekers.  Our worst (or best) fears have been confirmed. What the Scientific American article failed to mention:  our horny ancestors must have worn "beer goggles" too.

 

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