Friday, May 27, 2016

Survival Strategies r and K

Have I mentioned r and K strategy? It's a biological concept, but was first (I think) applied to human groups by Anonymous Conservative [link]. It's remarkably revealing and explains a lot about how human behavior, and therefore human evolution, differs from group to group, race to race.

By now, we've all heard the basic concept that when humans evolved where there was plenty of food and little need to plan ahead, they did not develop the tendency to defer gratification and make long-term plans, because they didn't need to.

But in harsher environments, as in Europe and the Far East, you'd starve to death if you didn't plan ahead. Consequently, those individuals and groups that tended to defer gratification and plan ahead were more likely to survive. In evolutionary terms, those traits, associated with higher intelligence and less-impulsive temperament, were selected for. That is a simple way to look at r/K, but the concept has since been developed far beyond that anecdotal principle.

You can learn more about this at Anonymous Conservative's site [link]. But the following is an extract from an essay at Alternative Right [link], in which John Press relates the r/K theory to "culturism." Do go check it out.


r and K are different survival strategies. The r survival strategy works when resources are plentiful and you may get eaten at any moment. In such circumstances, quickly breeding is the best way to get your genes into the next generation. The rabbit is the archetypal r animal. K strategy works when food is scarce and you need to hunt in a group to get it. In such a situation, each new baby must earn its keep and be trained to do so. The wolf is the archetypal K animal. Humans lean towards r or K, depending on their environment. 

Actually, there are 5 r-rabbit traits: 
  1. Aversion to competition (as there are lots of resources, rather than compete, rabbits just move to eat; fighting takes energy and rabbits lose all fights anyway)
  2. Tolerance for promiscuity (as all rabbits are the same, it makes no sense to distinguish between potential mates – r folk don’t do morals)
  3. Single parenting (rabbit life is simple. There is nothing to teach. So quick birthing and leaving is sufficient)
  4. Early onset sexuality (early menarche makes more rabbits)
  5. A lack of in-group loyalty (rabbits who go to protect other rabbits get eaten. There is no payoff for rabbit group solidarity). Liberals!
There are 5 K-wolf traits: 
  1. Accepting competition, (and that there are winners and losers)
  2. Rejecting promiscuity (wolves must select mates with the best genes if they’re to have offspring capable of hunting)
  3. High investment parenting (cubs must develop skills in order to pass on their genes)
  4. Delayed sexuality (you must wait for a wolf with means or at least see his skills prior to mating with him)
  5. Fierce in-group loyalty (they hunt and fend off predators as a team, so cannot carry lukewarm adherents, this is why wolves are found in packs). Conservatives!

*Anonymous Conservative’s “The Evolutionary Psychology Behind Politics: How Conservatism and Liberalism Evolved Within Humans,”
Quibcag: It's impossible to find anywhere an anime drawing of a girl with a rabbit and a wolf, so I had to cut and paste.


  1. Men wolf-whistling at playboy bunnies.

  2. More like Rabbits getting destroyed by Wolves.