Sexual Attraction, Human Instincts, and Diversification

Diversification is a natural law: It protects against risk and gives an improved chance for overall success.

In an investment portfolio, diversification is a smart strategy. In effective leadership, having a diverse, complementary team increases chances of success.

In mating, it appears, we naturally want to diversify the gene pool of our offsprings. But how do we know if a potential spouse is genetically diverse from us? Well, nature has armed us with the ability to smell our differences.

The BBC piece below made a profound impact on me when I first saw it while living in London 8 years ago. It really validated for me that diversification is an effective strategy in life. I’ve tried to live with that in mind ever since.