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Jun 7, 2012, 10:33 PM

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Re: [lena_chita] Are There Gender Differences in Risk Tolerance?
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lena_chita wrote:
Gender differences are hardwired into human beings, as well as any animals, but the females being pretty and males being bold idea has a lot more to do with a switch to patriarchy and the whole inheritable private property and wealth concept (e.i. ultimately the advent of agriculture, only a few thousands of years ago) than it has to do with biology.


Yes, it is indeed interesting. But the problem is, nobody, including geneticists, can tell you exactly what behaviors are determined by genes, and which ones are not. You seem to believe that more things are determined by genes than I do, for example.

I'm not sure that it has anything to do with a switch to patriarchy a few thousand years ago, if that even happened, but I'm also pretty sure that this is an hypothesis that can't be falsified. Similar behavior is observed in many species. As you say, nobody knows where the line between nature and nurture lies.

Yes, I do fall on the nature side more than the nurture side. We are "rational", but we are still sexually reproducing animals and we have 600 million years of sexual reproduction evolution and 3 million years of primate evolution behind our behavior.

I think that one of the things our self-awareness as a species gives us is (IMHO) an endless capacity for rationalization. We make up infinite reasons for behavior that is really genetically determined. Mating behavior (sexual selection) is so deeply embedded (IMHO, again) that we really don't have any control over it. Females attract, males approach and females decide. This genetically determined behavior shapes our societies. It's found in both matriarchal and patriarchal cultures in the historical record.

In the end, this may be like all of the religious discussions. Interesting till you've heard and participated in them long enough to know that we'll never have "the answer". Each generation recapitulates them and that's a good thing. Perhaps at some point the rational will overcome the genetic, but it ain't happened yet as far as I can see.

(This post was edited by rmsusa on Jun 7, 2012, 10:38 PM)

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