why is it that women who have such a high cost of pregnancy? Right? They have to raise the child. There's all kinds of costs associated with being pregnant in the first place. Why would they be attracted more to somebody who does things that are so dangerous that they might not be around to provide for The Offspring later wouldn't they have evolved to actually Lee go for the safe guy that still has good enough jeans but isn't trying to do strap Rockets to the car or balance on a bridge. I mean, it seems like that's kind of a little bit of a failure here in a way and instead of a failure that sense it's evolutionary pressure there has to be another function.
So we have to back up a little bit here Jordan. I'm trying to figure out so why do men stick around with women and kids at all many don't but
yeah why but
think about other species though. I mean humans are really distinct. Whether it's chimps and gorillas or other kinds of Apes, there's no mail stand around in providing much of help at all. Sometimes a male will provide some protection but humans have done something really special in humans male stick around for quite a while and they don't necessarily go messing around with everybody else Under the Sun. They often stick with one person for quite a while. They love each other and to take care of the kids. Wow. I mean, that's so unusual from an evolutionary point of view. You got to wonder how it happened at all. And this is a big somewhat continued controversy in behavioral ecology and the law but the big picture is that it really takes two people to raise a kid from the really helpless version that comes is born and teach him all the stuff that they need to be taught plus if you're carrying a baby around which you have to do for a long time. You can't run very fast. You can't gather all the food you need to it's really better for not just to be one person but to be to trying to take care of that, baby. And in fact, it's better than that usually in smaller groups like that. It's not just a mother and a father. It's other relatives helping out to Sarah hrdy is talk a lot about this and how the very origins of human cooperation and morality might have come from that kind of cooperation. So before we even talk about the other stuff, it's it's a marvelous thing. We should just appreciate that natural selection has made us to connect with each other and stick with each other and take your kids. It does seem
almost irrational in some way. Given that it's been a really designed to just keep reproducing rather than working on one offspring are two or three. It seems like you should theoretically just keep rolling the dice as it were so many times because a few of them will be successful, but that's not how we evolved.
Well, there are some guys who are more like that aren't there.
Yeah, there's plenty. Yeah, there are plenty
and women try to weed them out except for one occasion, but in general it looks like the best strategy has been to stick with one person and collaborate with her. On the project of trying to raise kids and this makes life so much different for us than for other kinds of primates. It's just amazing.
By Raising Kids as a Couple, Humans Are Unique from Other Primates