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    Post Are Certain Prejudices Genetic?

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    Wed 29 Jun 2005 04:23 pm CST
    AUSTIN (myDNA News)
    Having a certain disposition toward another culture or ethnicity may be caused through one's genetics, according to an Arizona State University study.

    The researchers polled 235 European-American students at Arizona State to think about their relationship with nine different minority groups, rating them on the threat each one posed to American society at large. The poll aimed to gauge emotions such as anger, fear, pity, and disgust toward ethnicities as rated by the respondents.

    They found that African-Americans were perceived to pose a threat to the Caucasian's physical safety, while homosexuals had an adverse effect on health due to the high rate of AIDS contraction within their demographic. Christian right-wing fundamentalists and liberal feminists were seen as threats to individual freedom and conventional values.

    Similarly, other research has found that African-Americans view Caucasians as threats to their personal liberty and social and economic integration. Such stereotypical views were shown to be a result of a "tribal psychology"; in which a group member naturally sees themselves as part of a dominant faction, with any and all outsiders seen as a menace to their way of life.

    The research team believes the genetic link has evolved over a multitude of generations, back to when human survival was dependant on staying in a small group, with any outsider to their culture seen as an enemy to their survival. Such thought processes have carried on and evolved to today's culture.

    While it was shown that people do have certain dispositions toward those that are different, co-author Stephen Neurberg states that humanity should not use genetics as an excuse for their bias. "Evolution may have prepared our minds to be prejudiced, but our environment influences . . . how we act on them."

    for more: http://www.mydna.com/genes/genetics/

    a little strange, IMO...
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    Post Re: Are certain prejudices genetic?

    Quote Originally Posted by ulphila
    http://www.mydna.com/genes/genetics/...0629_prej.html
    Wed 29 Jun 2005 04:23 pm CST
    AUSTIN (myDNA News)
    Having a certain disposition toward another culture or ethnicity may be caused through one's genetics, according to an Arizona State University study.

    The researchers polled 235 European-American students at Arizona State to think about their relationship with nine different minority groups, rating them on the threat each one posed to American society at large. The poll aimed to gauge emotions such as anger, fear, pity, and disgust toward ethnicities as rated by the respondents.

    They found that African-Americans were perceived to pose a threat to the Caucasian's physical safety, while homosexuals had an adverse effect on health due to the high rate of AIDS contraction within their demographic. Christian right-wing fundamentalists and liberal feminists were seen as threats to individual freedom and conventional values.

    Similarly, other research has found that African-Americans view Caucasians as threats to their personal liberty and social and economic integration. Such stereotypical views were shown to be a result of a "tribal psychology"; in which a group member naturally sees themselves as part of a dominant faction, with any and all outsiders seen as a menace to their way of life.

    The research team believes the genetic link has evolved over a multitude of generations, back to when human survival was dependant on staying in a small group, with any outsider to their culture seen as an enemy to their survival. Such thought processes have carried on and evolved to today's culture.

    While it was shown that people do have certain dispositions toward those that are different, co-author Stephen Neurberg states that humanity should not use genetics as an excuse for their bias.

    "Evolution may have prepared our minds to be prejudiced, but our environment influences . . . how we act on them."


    for more: http://www.mydna.com/genes/genetics/
    I see it less as a matter of genetics. And more of a matter of just us being humans. We tend to congregate with those who are similar to us and avoid those who are different.

    We've all seen it in School's and Church's. I don't think it's gonna to stop as long as there is a distinction that exists it will be relevant.

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    Post Re: Are certain prejudices genetic?

    We have a genetic predisposition to racial bias, although our environment usually decide the nature of those biases.






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