[extropy-chat] Behavior and genetics
kevin at kevinfreels.com
Sun Jan 21 06:15:36 UTC 2007
Can anyone here recommend material on the study of behavioral genetics and the selection pressure for the human ability to quickly overcome genetic behavior through conditioning? I had a thought that human learning, achievement, fashion and social skills all stem from a neat trick we picked up that allows us to adapt our behavior in the current generation in response to our environment rather than waiting dozens of generations for selection to work it's long process. Add a feedback loop and you have a prescription for a species who's social structure evolves faster than the physical structure. All of what we are may be wrapped up in a minor adaptation that allows us to essentially reprogram behavior on the fly. I thought I would spend some time studying this, but I am finding it difficult to find material. Either there just isn't much yet, or I am simply barking up the wrong tree.
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