Re: Memetic trapping and wars.

From: Wade T. Smith (
Date: Mon 07 Jul 2003 - 12:56:39 GMT

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    On Sunday, July 6, 2003, at 04:53 PM, Keith wrote:

    > genes conferring such a psychological trait

    Has anyone ever really said that genetics determine psychological traits? I've seen several satisfying studies showing temperament to be innate, but is temperament considered a psychological trait?

    Being as we are so tied, without possibility of removing the umbilical, to our societies in order to develop as beings, we homo sapiens sapiens, innate capacities of the species for behavioral responses need to be separated from induced or isolated psycho-pathologies, if indeed such things can really be determined. It may merely be the isolation from a society that defines such a pathology.

    The country stays in the mouse. The city confuses, it doesn't teach.

    Do genes confer psychologies? Or do they establish parameters of behavioral development which can only be approached and controlled by cultures?

    - Wade

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