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What ever happened to Tandem and NonStop OS 2035
Kelli Halliburton Some of the later -8's (VT78 anyone?) were very much personal microcomputers. The VT78 used the...
Agreed so far.
Non-sequitur. I'll agree that human females have an instinctive desire to cuddle and take care of a baby. However, that doesn't have to kick in - and sometimes doesn't - until a baby is actually present to be cared for. (And sometimes not even then, but that's an issue for the social workers.)
The desire to take care of existing babies (I'll include the emotional changes brought on by pregnancy), combined with a love drive that guarantees babies will occur, is enough to ensure successful reproduction. But I repeat, there is no logical requirement for a desire to have babies. Otherwise you'll have to explain how such a desire acts in the reproduction of, say, dogs - or rats - or invertebrates with no brain at all. For that matter, I've heard mention of tribes of Homosapiens that didn't know the connection between love and babies - let's face it, the delay between cause and effect is long enough that the relationship is not obvious without a certain amount of reasoned analysis. Yet they managed to reproduce all the same.
A desire to have babies is neither necessary nor sufficient to ensure reproduction. You can want a baby with all your heart, but if you don't happen to perform an act that isn't all that intuitively related, it isn't going to happen.
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