Just a passing thoughtNovember 8, 2018 Tim WorstallSex9 CommentsSex is the method by which we produce grandparents. Actually, the purpose of sex is to produce grandparents, ancestors. previousA musing, no morenextEh? 9 thoughts on “Just a passing thought” AndrewWS November 8, 2018 at 10:21 am It is a method by which we can become grandparents, but only if our children use it to become parents. Hallowed Be November 8, 2018 at 11:36 am Part of the Worstall daily mental warm ups turning things on their head. Ok i’ll have a go. So masturbation is praying for more ancestors? MC November 8, 2018 at 12:56 pm Seems unlikely; I think all of my grandparents were dead by the time I had sex for the first time. NDReader November 8, 2018 at 2:20 pm The grandparents business is fairly near the central thesis of Dawkins’ book “The Selfish Gene” – i.e. producing children is all very well, but they need to survive and mate and rear children too before you have passed the only test that matters. John B November 8, 2018 at 2:54 pm Primarily, sex is the method by which we produce parents. Producing grandparents is a byproduct; they are parents first. Maritime Barbarian November 8, 2018 at 6:35 pm A chicken is just a complicated way for an egg to make more eggs. Quoted by Dawkins, I think. Someone may know. Or was it Huxley? Theophrastus November 8, 2018 at 9:37 pm “the purpose of sex is to produce grandparents” That’s absurdly reductionist and absurdly teleological. Sex has several functions but no purpose. Its basic function is the reproduction of the species. But, given humans create and require culture, the human animal requires more levels of explanation than the mere biological. So human sexuality has many functions and explanations — psychological, sociological, economic, theological, AI etc — depending on the level of explanation chosen. Higher levels of such explanation draw on the lower levels, but they aren’t reducible to the lower levels. john maplas November 9, 2018 at 2:12 am isn’t sex a way of making even feminists attractive Kevin Lohse November 9, 2018 at 8:27 am @John Maplas. No. Only a paper bag will do that. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.