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Response to LadyHawkAZ (Reply #116)

Mon Jan 16, 2012, 10:16 PM

146. I understand your perspective, but actually, it really is evolutionary.

 

The perceived 'other' is part of the function of the anterior cingulate cortex... or lack thereof. Throughout evolutionary history, those with low function in that region were almost universally paranoid. 100,000 Years ago, that was a good thing. These days it is not.

When every 'other' was potentially dangerous, those that took a cautious or even aggressive approach to the unfamiliar had higher survival rates and therefore went on to reproduce.

That's why we have wingnuts to this very day. It's no accident that they tend to be anti-women, anti-gay, anti-anything-that-isn't-just-like-them.

As for the other evolutionary artifacts, there are many and they are VERY real.

Edited to add: You're not wrong. Much of what society 'teaches' is polluted with stereotyping and cosmetic quantification. Though I would argue that this is the result of millions of years of evolution.

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