First one? Really? (Politics)

by xeno6696 @, Sonoran Desert, Tuesday, June 16, 2009, 01:08 (4762 days ago) @ David Turell

Dr. Turell, - This will be an interesting study for me. As for the science words you hate, blame that on science journalists. You know as well as I do that scientists try to shy away from such language. (Journals are boring reads. I don't care who you are...) Still, if behavioral genetics was completely wrong as you seem to be suggesting, we wouldn't be hearing about it anymore. - At any rate, I am familiar with the state of modern psychology insisting we have no instincts. I wholeheartedly disagree. It is interesting you bring up the blank slate concept. So, you think a baby somehow learns to cry for food and poop? It doesn't simply respond to stimuli? And those D-Day veterans who crapped themselves? They LEARNED how to do that? Really? Or when I see a scary movie or think I've seen a ghost, my hair stands on end? I learned how to do that too? - Our fear responses have been studied quite well, we all do them the same way and they are all unconscious behaviors. That pretty clearly means instinct in all the definitions I've seen. Hell, laughter is used by chimps and even rats to communicate play. (Radiolab has a whole radio show on the origins of laughter.) - Until you mentioned it, I haven't heard of Adler. Keep in mind as an Info systems student my philosophy education was limited to 3 semesters, 1 each to Nietzsche and Derrida, the other to symbolic logic.

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