Spider News: Life Eats Itself to Survive, Redback Spiders Survive Well

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 16 December 2017



Spider News
Life Eats Itself to Survive

Redback Spiders Survive Well

Horrific mating strategy appears to benefit both male and female redback spiders,
University of Toronto, December 14, 2017.

The Bottom Line
Life eats itelf to survive. Passively, as in animals eating plants, or aggressively, as with the spider and the fly. Or the Orca, and anything they can catch. Above, we find research exploring a strategy alien to human social norms across a number of fronts.

First, is that the mating female spider reliably eats the male. The second is that redback males entice the females to eat them.

This contrasts human's individualistic perspective against the goal of life. The typical human sees the goal of life as the preservation of their life in the present. Life has a broader perspective, and more strategies than immediate self-preservation alone.

Life's goal is to survive into the future. The redback males serve that goal by being consumed by the female. The redback males are pursuing their survival as effectively as we humans are, though it may be hard for any human male to see it from that perspective.

Nonetheless, I would point to various human social codes of "honor" and dude-sacrifice for 'women & children" that are written throughout various human cultures. The old eskimo who puts themselves out of the group, for the good of the group, is another example of human corollaries to male redback self-sacrifice mating behavior.

Although we humans don't have redback behavior "hardwired" into us, we seem to have a few "socialized" behavior standards requiring male sacrifice.


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