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Esa



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2009 2:36 pm    Post subject: Fear of snakes and spiders Reply with quote

From our African origins!
http://forum.richarddawkins.net/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=99212&p=2464785#p2464785
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Although large carnivorous animals like this obviously evoke fear, they don't typically elicit the type of visceral revulsion that a snake or spider does. It seems to me there would be little evolutionary advantage in being phobic of lions, since even someone without such a phobia will still give them wide berth. But the same probably cannot be said of snakes and spiders.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2009 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm, I don't like small harmless spiders very much, but love the big hairy ones (that might well be poisonous). I love snakes too! Maybe Mother Nature knows what she's doing, though, because I've never wanted children so my genetic line will die out... Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2009 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And it does not seem that instinctive, kids will pick up snakes at some early age.
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