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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Brighton Festival

This weekend the fantabulous Brighton Festival Starts!!!!!
It’s going to be amasing..and I’m so lucky..i’m gonna be there.. yeah!
"The largest international arts fest in England" Time Out
This May Brighton Festival dons its birthday suit to celebrate 40 years as the leading arts Festival in England. This year's cork-popping programme will run from Saturday 6th - Sunday 28th May and booking is now open.
"It's certainly true that life begins at 40. No longer an impetuous adolescent and not yet in its dotage - Brighton Festival is reaching for its creative peak! With ten world premieres - six commissioned exclusively for Brighton Festival - and a further five UK premieres, we have a fantastic 40th birthday programme gift wrapped for your enjoyment".Nick Dodds, Chief Executive
Brighton Festival is an annual showcase for the very best in new theatre, music, dance, performance and books, from both local and international artists. Throughout three weeks bulging at the seams with fantastic live entertainment the Festival aims to bring great art to one of the UK's most creative cities and harness the creative energy of that City to make great new art of its own.

Of evolution and homosexuality

reviewsSOUNDINGS

Of evolution and homosexuality Except for the Pope and President Bush, and their respective phalanxes, everyone, including the BMJ, is eager to proclaim that homosexuality is not an aberration. So far no one seems to have recognised its evolutionary role.
The survival value of homosexuality for the human species is to be found in its effect on population growth. Anyone who is worried about environmental degradation caused by the growth of the human population should promote homosexuality. Indeed, it would be desirable if most people became homosexual and only a small, selected proportion of humans of every recognisable subgroup attended to the modest reproductive needs of the species.
All the effort, emotion, and money spent on family planning could be saved, and disgusting and unnatural practices of contraception—such as genital mutilation, various prophylactic methods, and even withdrawal and the observance of cervical mucus—could be done away with. Indeed, homosexual sex is akin to organic farming inasmuch as it eschews artifice, yet it yields pleasure and elation and, often, pure love.
The ideal social organisation of mankind in this overcrowded world would be one in which the majority lived in homosexual monogamy. If homosexuality became the norm, population numbers would decline precipitously.
From the point of view of the species, the survival value of this arrangement is obvious. The concept of cultural evolution can explain how the paradigm leap came about, for so far "natural" evolution has been known to work only through the machinery of reproduction and not its negation. Avoiding reproduction is a cultural activity par excellence.
As far as recruitment into the breeding groups is concerned, in the immediate future there will be no shortage of volunteers. But eventually, as the breeders will become a minority, there is the danger that they will be discriminated against. Protection of "aberrant" behaviour such as reproduction will be just as much in the interest of the species as is now the upholding of homosexual rights for the sake of reversing population growth.
Prejudice against homosexual marriage will diminish as soon as people realise that that newly established institution is a guarantor of "natural" population policy.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------Imre Loefler, editor Nairobi Hospital Proceedings, Kenya

my response - due to the roasting this guy got by his peers

YOU CAN ALMOST HEAR THE BEATING OF CHESTS ... LOL
Claire Stokoe, Webmaster / Artist London Send response to journal: Re: YOU CAN ALMOST HEAR THE BEATING OF CHESTS ... LOLI thought that the article was wonderfully written, albeit describing an ideology or rather far fetched vision of a non violent way to decrease the spiraling population. I do find it amusing though that the only real arguments to this article seams to have spawned from a heated hatred of homosexuality and not from a thought out evolutionary theory?. Odd, I mean, isn’t it true that most religions detest homosexuals due to the fact that they halt breeding within their group or clan (Christians, Muslims, Catholics) etc. and so this is a bad example surely, as these groups simply do this for their own personal survival, as any ape group would do. We already live in massive societies that I understand from what i have read and observed, we were never meant to live in, right?. So isnt population control needed, smaller groups of breeding humans that maintain order and control the population and wider spread homosexuality would in fact control not only the population boom, but surely promote both further intellectual growth and harmony. Or do you think that the present state of things is set to further advance our species? or will it infact be our down fall?. I would not however like to see a society where heterosexuals are treated the same was as homosexuals or animals have been since our rise to world domintation. But I guess only we can mold our own future. We'll be lucky not be all knee deep in water anyway before this happens which will in itself be a form of birth control so I guess we are heading for it in one form or another? But back to defence of the article at hand>> I suppose if you were to tell a bunch of apes to give up their dominate ape and follow an invisible omnipotent being to new breeding ground, food sources or trust him to maintain calm and order etc, they would no doubt blow raspberries at you and defecate on your shoes. "Times really haven’t changed have they?” Claire S - Webmaster, Artist. Lesbian (if i'm ok with the fact that i might be a birth control aide, surely you gentlemen can take responsibilty for over populating our planet to the point of socail collapse) Competing interests: None declared
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