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  1. #1 Human ‘personality’ 
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    What is stronger in the influence when it comes to our personality?

    DNA or environment?

    For sake of this discussion let’s forget about pathology.


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    This topic could be debated endlessly, since the balance is quite close. For an intelligent and highly readable exploration of the topic (and a viewpoint that offers resolution, not conforntation) I recommend Nature via Nurture by Mark Riddley.


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    DNA is the emotional canvass and paint.Our environment/experiences are the brushes that paint our individual personality.

    DNA Forms our personalty base , the mammal like traits we inherit , the base or the emotional "Tools" .

    Hopefully then we are taught, learn and helped to build our own unique feelings .

    But again our DNA or inherited personal animal traits have been previously shaped by the environment .

    Though it is a peculiar twist of events .

    Humans are a animal . We have evolved because of natures systems .

    What part of our "personalty" is it that is Destroying our own natural systems ?.

    Inherited DNA or Taught and learnt .

    Of course It can only be something we have been taught .Since DNA has been forged by survival .

    Who is teaching us this rubbish way to live and make lots of .....erm.. Rubbish!.

    Garbage in! Garbage out
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    Environment is a regulatory factor in gene expression; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gene_expression_regulation
    Then again genetic expression can have an effect on environment, for example, beavers building dams. Or humans in general.
    Chicken's and egg's man. Inseparable elements of a homogeneous, reciprocal system. The very attempt to pick one over the other is erroneous.
    Also consider the inherent difficulty in quantifying the aspects of human personality.
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    Prenatal conditions is another. It can be a combination of environment which effected gene expression of the mother that changes the conditions of the womb and hence to development of the fetus. A growing body of evidence suggest this mechanism might be responsible for homosexuality in mammals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by I.B.1.Dance
    Of course It can only be something we have been taught .Since DNA has been forged by survival .
    This is a faulty conclusion. There is not 'good' DNA that favours survival and 'bad' DNA that leads to extinction. There are genes that are beneficial in some environments, neutral in others and disadvantageous in some more. The genes that are leading to actions that harm the environment are the same genes responsible for our success as a species.
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