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Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsBiology · 6 months ago

How do animals know how to have sex but humans have to be taught?

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  • 6 months ago
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    Humans don't need to be taught.

    You put a group of infants on an island with a nun and eventually they will have sex and procreate.

    I gawddamn guarantee that.

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  • Snoopy
    Lv 5
    6 months ago

    We don't have to be taught. It comes naturally, we'd only have to be taught if we were to engage in it prematurely.

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  • 6 months ago

    Its one of the great mhysterious of life

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  • Julien
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Not all animals know everything about how to have sex. In the most "complex" of them (not only human) there is a large social component.

    Have a look at this for instance: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e...

    Looking at several indicators, we observe some smooth transition between animals with a very simple brain, whose sexual behaviour is entirely hard-coded, to the point that their movements are merely reflexes, and species with more complex brains who devolve more and more work to that more capable brain.

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  • 6 months ago

    Anecdotally, humans who aren't taught do eventually figure it out for themselves.

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  • MARK
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Humans do not need to be taught to have sex. In most parts of the world sex is taught but the population is sustained.

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    Behavior that does not need to be taught are called instinctive. Instinctive behavior is also known in humans. The famous knee jerk reaction is one example. Another example is the vomiting response. Instinctive behavior needs to be triggered (e.g. by hitting the knee with a mallet), and once triggered, it cannot be stopped. Try gagging yourself and see if your brain can stop you from vomiting. It cannot. Instincts are also known as fixed action patterns, and they are hardwired into the brain in the form of neural circuits. Basically, one neuron fires after another in a fixed predetermined sequence so that muscles that are moved by those neurons will move in the correct sequence. A little known instinct found in human infants is the tendency to grab onto anything near it tightly. This instinct is also found in apes and monkeys, as they, as infants, must hold onto their mother's fur tightly while she uses both her arms to climb trees. Even though humans have evolved to be hairless, human infants still have the instinct to grab onto fur, or an adult's hair if he/she gets too close to the baby. If you have ever had your hair pulled by an infant or toddler, you know how strongly the baby can pull. Occasionally toddlers also grab onto their own hair. LOL It is pure instinct, and it does not have to be taught. Animals need to know how to mate or grab on to their mother fur instinctively because it is the difference between survival and extinction.

    Since humans have evolved to have very few instincts, our brain has the extra capacity to store learned behavior than other animals. By learning, humans can cope with the environment better. There is less chance of having an instinct that is not only not needed but could be harmful. Even though the instinct to grab body fur is not needed, it has not been eliminated either because it is not harmful, and babies that still have that instinct are not more likely to die because of it.

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  • Cowboy
    Lv 6
    6 months ago

    LOL - humans have to be taught????????????????????????

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  • instinct. humans also have the instinct but learn about sex before the instinct influences them to have sex

    • Snoopy
      Lv 5
      6 months agoReport

      Breeding is innate in all animals, that includes humans.

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    Animals are sloots

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