That article is a pretty nice example of blatant agenda. It seems that Razib Khan does like to steer his readers towards making particular conclusions. Okay, so maybe the 10% figure is overblown, or any low two-digit percent number. But raising another mans offspring with your resources, while you believe that that kid who for whatever reason does not look like you at all, despite the family of your wife stressing over and over how similar you two are, is not a trifling matter.
Razib Khan writes that some biologist found that the numbers are “more in the 1-5% range, with 3.7% being a high-bound figure for one study”. Look at this drivel! One to five percent is a fricking huge number. How many percent of all people get murdered? A lot less. How many percent of all people die in traffic accidents? That’s also a lot less (a few 10,000 in the US, if I recall correctly). But, hey, if you then point at one study that finds a number like 3.7 %, you can distract from the fact that some other studies found a number as high as 5%.
What I also disliked was his appeal to blue pill sentiments:
Studies which rely on a data set consisting of men who have requested paternity tests are strongly sample biased toward those who have a reason to have suspicions.The bolding is in the original. There is some truth to that. However, the converse is not true. Just because someone, let’s say an enthusiastic blue piller who is overjoyed that he was able to marry a washed up ex-stripper, has no suspicions does not mean that he has no reason to be suspicious.
Quite frankly, the cuckoldry numbers are enormous, even if they are just in the one-digit range and not the two-digit range, so downplaying them is dishonest and does men a disservice. Instead, men should be encouraged to verify their paternity, even if they are sure that their sweetheart would never deceive them. There are women out there who tell their live-in boyfriends or husbands that they are meeting their girlfriends for lunch on Sunday --- when they are instead off to go to a technoclub and hope to get railed in a bathroom stall. On a related note, experiences like that may be the cause why men who have had many women normally do not idealize them at all.