Profile overview for Pixowl.
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This user has mostly submitted to the following subverses (showing top 5):

25 submissions to HistoryAnecdotes

21 submissions to aminals

17 submissions to funny

13 submissions to aww

5 submissions to gifs

This user has so far shared a total of 92 links, started a total of 15 discussions and submitted a total of 125 comments.

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Submissions: This user has upvoted 121 and downvoted 19 submissions.

Comments: This user has upvoted 324 and downvoted 15 comments.

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5 highest rated submissions:

Whenever I try to stop browsing Voat (x-post /v/aminals), submitted: 7/9/2015 8:34:18 PM, 792 points (+799|-7)

The real maintenance going on when Voat is down (x-post /v/aminals), submitted: 7/12/2015 8:41:28 PM, 152 points (+155|-3)

Oh what are these? Oh... oh... OH! GET ME OUT OF HERE! (x-post /v/aminals), submitted: 7/11/2015 11:36:47 PM, 47 points (+48|-1)

The real maintenance going on when Voat is down (x-post /v/aminals), submitted: 7/12/2015 8:41:55 PM, 42 points (+42|-0)

Why are you doing this? (x-post /v/aminals), submitted: 7/10/2015 9:05:40 PM, 31 points (+31|-0)

5 lowest rated submissions:

Me with the Captchas, submitted: 7/7/2015 5:17:40 AM, 1 points (+1|-0)

"Gotta keep the little 'uns in their place" (x-post /v/aminals), submitted: 7/7/2015 5:22:27 AM, 1 points (+1|-0)

Help on transferring a gif from Imgur or Gfycat to Veuwer?, submitted: 7/8/2015 3:32:30 AM, 1 points (+1|-0)

It was at this moment Timothy realized he had a weight problem (x-post /v/aminals), submitted: 7/8/2015 11:12:03 PM, 1 points (+1|-0)

I've fallen and I can't get up!, submitted: 7/9/2015 11:21:39 PM, 1 points (+1|-0)

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3 highest rated comments:

How could human children have evolved the behavior to cry loudly all the time for no reason? Wouldn't this have attracted predators in the wild? submitted by jackofdiamonds to AskScience

Pixowl 0 points 30 points (+30|-0) ago

Evolutionary biologist Amotz Zahavi has suggested that baby animals will scream and cry when it wants food as a form of blackmail against its parent. In essence, screaming "Come and get me and my mom, predators!" The only way to shut the baby up, of course, is to feed it, so the mother grudgingly obliges and the baby gets his food.

This hypothesis is met with a healthy degree of skepticism, as some wonder whether this would be evolutionary viable or not. Richard Dawkins, another evolutionary biologist, has said that he is "sceptical about whether it could ever be favoured in evolution, not because it is too ruthless, but because I doubt if it could ever pay the blackmailing baby. He has too much to lose if a predator really came." (The Selfish Gene, 131).

Dawkins suggests that the screaming is not a ploy to try to attract predators, but rather a method of getting food over his siblings. Here is a paragraph talks about it:

"Many baby birds are fed in the nest by their parents. They all gape and scream, and the parent drops a worm or other morsel in the open mouth of one of them. The loudness with which each baby screams is, ideally, proportional to how hungry he is. Therefore, if the parent always gives the food to the loudest screamer, they should all tend to get their fair share, since when one has had enough he will not scream so loudly. At least that is what would happen in the best of all possible worlds, if individuals did not cheat. But in the light of our selfish gene concept we must expect that individuals will cheat, will tell lies about how hungry they are. This will escalate, apparently rather pointlessly because it might seem that if they are all lying by screaming too loudly, this level of loudness will become the norm, and will cease, in effect, to be a lie. However, it cannot de-escalate, because any individual who takes the first step in decreasing the loudness of his scream will be penalized by being fed less, and is more likely to starve. Baby bird screams do not become infinitely loud, because of other considerations. For example, loud screams tend to attract predators, and they use up energy."

(The Selfish Gene, page 130)

So it would appear that screaming is used to try to get a leg up on his brothers, and it is a game where the stakes are getting higher and higher and the need to fold is rising just as steadily.

Some researchers speculate that human babies cry at night not out of hunger but out of a need to keep his mother from getting pregnant again. After all, another baby is another mouth to feed, and that means less food for the firstborn. Back in the olden days, babies slept with their mothers, and the baby would have been... aware if his mother was getting up to no good at night with daddy. This article goes into detail more on this subject.

I drew heavily from Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene in this explanation. That is because the chapter "Battle of the generations," and every other chapter for that matter, is really good. If you have any more questions about this subject, I would recommend picking up a copy and reading it. It really is good. I hope I answered your question sufficiently. :D

EDIT: Here is a pdf of The Selfish Gene, if you don't feel like buying it.

What recent event will eventually make the best TIL? submitted by m33pn8r to AskVoat

Pixowl 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago

TIL that self-driving cars and drones used for delivery were once vehemently opposed and restricted in the US

Found Voat and want to make my move out or Reddit permanent submitted by Wanderlund to AskVoat

Pixowl 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago

Alright so you open up reddit, click on 'preferences' in the top right, the second to last tab is 'delete,' fill out the form and then click 'delete your account'

Welcome to voat, brother

3 lowest rated comments:

I'm one of those who came from Reddit... submitted by AlwaysInService to introductions

Pixowl 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago

I feel like this entire subverse is an AA meeting but with Reddit instead of beer.

Hi, my name is Pixowl, and I haven't been on Reddit for two days...

Anyways, glad to be here! :)

Hello friends, I'm Pixowl :) submitted by Pixowl to introductions

Pixowl 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago

I think yours is pretty... snazzy (☞゚ヮ゚)☞ I'm so sorry

When does the goat sausage? submitted by Zhaopow to AskVoat

Pixowl 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago

um... oh crap I didn't study... um... Gettysburg Address?