[extropy-chat] prejudices/tribalism biologically "hardwired"

Mike Lorrey mlorrey at yahoo.com
Tue May 31 17:25:12 UTC 2005

--- The Avantguardian <avantguardian2020 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> > Jeff Davis wrote:
> > 
> > >Tribalism (ethnic, religious, nationalistic,
> > >linguistic, etc affiliation--with tribes any "us",
> > any
> > >"them") is perhaps viewed as a kind of cultural
> > >accident (of birth, for the most part). 
> > Concurrently,
> > >there is the view that prejudice is a character
> > flaw
> > >slash moral defect.  Not!  It's all in the genes.
> > >
> > >Another very good reason for genetic
> > "reengineering"
> > >slash enhancement.
> > >
> > >  
> > >
> > True - that my tribe!
> Ug. No. Character flaw. What bout caveman from 2 tribe
> like mongrel dog. How gene make prejudice? Who make
> prejudice? Papa tribe? Mama tribe? All tribe?

Ask someone who is 1/4 african-american or 1/12th native american why
they identify with the majority or minority ethnicity: because they
choose the tribe that gives them what they feel is more power as
individuals over their lives. This sense of affiliation may change over
time and may change from day to day depending on which tribe one is
with at any given moment. The gene doesn't make you automatically
black-supremacist, it makes you likely to strongly identify with one
group and engage in group behaviors to enforce that groupism. Are some
confused? Certainly, especially if both groups they are members of
reject them or see them as 'other'.

Mike Lorrey
Vice-Chair, 2nd District, Libertarian Party of NH
"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom.
It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."
                                      -William Pitt (1759-1806) 
Blog: http://intlib.blogspot.com

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