The Father

January 13, 2009 | Leave a Comment

Category: Ontogeny

Consider that the father’s sperm, each ejaculation, represents the somatic conditions in the male’s body at the time of sperm creation.  Consider that each sperm carries with it information that tells the child how high or how low the child’s testosterone or estrogen levels will be based on the father’s levels of testosterone and estrogen.

I tried playing with this conjecture as an assumption ten years ago when the theory’s pieces first came together.  I’ve let it languish because I’ve noted no studies that have considered this possibility.  There is no supporting evidence.  It would be easy enough, with funding, to set up long-term studies.  The problem is that we’re discussing Lamarckian principles.  Sociobiology or evolutionary psychology may be on the wane but mentioning Lamarck in a proposal will still likely draw derision.

Over the last few days we’ve hypothesized an estrogen dynamic similar to what we’ve observed with testosterone.  At six weeks before birth, the mother’s testosterone levels determine the testosterone levels and maturation speed of her progeny.  Estimating that estrogen levels may be determined in a similar fashion, with caregiving and aesthetic-choice tendencies influenced by those levels, we’ve unimpacted several implications having to do with human evolution, societal creation and medical diseases and conditions.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll seek to develop this thesis.  I just want to mention this other aspect or possibility that has bounced around in the back of my mind a long time.  I want to note that the father’s testosterone and estrogen levels, as they have changed over the course of his life and exist at the moment of sperm creation, may also be influencing the maturation rates, caring capacities and aesthetic thresholds of his sons and daughters.  This might be a relatively minor effect in relation to the power of uterine hormonal thresholds but perhaps worth pursuing.

I often assume symmetry when sifting through patterns, seeking an understanding of how human beings evolve.  An aesthetic underlies how I estimate we came to be.  Intuiting symmetry, I’ve felt that estrogen was integral to evolution.  Intuiting symmetry, I suspect that changes in the life of the father influence the character of his sons and daughters.

Somebody said that when all you have is a hammer, the whole world looks like a nail.  As an artist, the whole world looks to me like a work of art.  I assume we were designed artfully.  Symmetry suggests artistic sensibilities.  By “symmetry,” I don’t mean evenness or arrangements suggesting even distribution.  By “symmetry,” I mean an integrated, across-levels, nested signaling of awareness.

I intuit that fathers have a contribution to make because it feels right.


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