WHAT IF. . .Religon or Politics don't shape our sensibilities?

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    Another thread for our USMB philosophers, sociologists, and psychotheory enthusiasts.

    A long but interesting essay in the Boston Globe today explores why certain things repel us while other things do not.

    It explores such interesting concepts as arsenic on your dinner plate can kill you and you might view it with alarm, but not feel disgust. A dog turd on your dinner plate, however, will not kill you or perhaps even harm you, but you feel strong revulsion and disgust.

    The writer suggests that many of our views and preferences might in fact not be prejudice or bias or bigotry born of religion, politics, or inductive reasoning, but rather something much more inate and inexplicably human.

    If this is true, what does it say about our condemnation of prejudice, bigotry, and/or discrimination re certain social phenomena?

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    Now we get to one of the secrets of Fox's success.
     
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    DEAR MOD assigned to monitor this thread:

    Could you kindly repair the RELIGION in the thread title? There's a missing g and i. Thanks.
     
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    Great subject and interesting read.:)

    I suspect some of the findings are solid, and I also believe that early childhood experiences play into it as well. I know that people, long before they reach the age of any kind of reasoning, will form strong likes, dislikes, and opinions regarding the "goodness" and "badness" of things, and I believe this has alot to do with personal interractions between parents (primarily mothers) and their babies/small children.
    One of the things that has always gotten under my skin a little is when I see people proclaim that one should not judge. The very act of survival requires that we make judgements every day of our lives.
     
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    Whenever my sensibilities seem to be a little out of whack, the wife slaps me a couple of times briskly around the head and ears and all of a sudden I tend to be quite sensible. This only happens a couple of times a year and for some reason, it always happens on a Tuesday.
     
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    :) at Count. Just Tuesdays huh? Hmmm.

    I honestly don't know what to think about the essay Lizzie. I was raised in a very racist society and I am not. One of my associates that I have gotten to know well was raised by gay parents in a largely gay community and admits to being somewhat homophobic. Why on both counts?

    I can't remember ever being taught that it was wrong to eat horses and dogs and cats, but the idea of doing so is repulsive to me. Yet in many societies, that is quite culturally acceptable. How did Americans almost universally agree that was disgusting?

    Actually I'm hoping the essay is one of those fluff pieces without much substance. Otherwise I'm going to have to rethink a lot of stuff. For instance, I have always believed that racism was almost universally a learned condition. But if we go with the writer's theory, it could be inate meaning that we will never be rid of it.

    Interesting concept for sure though.
     
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    this links into the study of whiney children growing up to be conservatives?
     
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    It's difficult to say for sure, and I don't necessarily believe that all the conclusions in the essay are accurate, but I do suspect that they are at least legitimate factors. Overall, they probably can be taken into account, but I tend to believe that early parent/child interactions are better indicators, and any of these factors can be overcome. As an example, my mother was afraid of all snakes, and hated bugs. I, otoh, love snakes and bugs, but I had to make a concerted effort to change my way of thinking since these fears were instilled in me so early in life. There's also the possibility that some of our innate fears and dislikes are actually a part of human genetic tendency, passed down over thousands and thousands of years of lineage.

    My personal thoughts on racism is that it will never be completely eliminated until we are so homogenous that there are no more distinct racial characteristics or cultural traits.
     
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    My personal thoughts on racism is that it will never be completely eliminated until we are so homogenous that there are no more distinct racial characteristics or cultural traits.
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    I feel that we will find something else. Shape of earlobe, color of eyes, etc.
     
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    I'm probably a bit more jaded than you guys are. I don't think racism is inate because I don't see it in young children. I think there will be racism as long as there is profit in it. Remove the profit factor, and I think the color of skin will become as unimportant as ear lobe shape or eye color.
     

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