Recent psychological research tells us the answer is somewhere in the middle. Yes, babies come into the world predisposed with a set of moral intuitions – morality can’t be entirely self-constructed. But what babies consider right and wrong and which moral intuitions they value, develops from experience. As social psychologist Jonathan Haidt puts it: “We’re born to be righteous, but we have to learn what, exactly, people like us should be righteous about.”
Whether you end up on the right or the left of the political spectrum turns out to be just as heritable as most other traits: Genetics explains between one-third and one-half of the variability among people in their political attitudes. Being raised in a liberal or conservative household accounts for much less.
The human mind is a story processor, not a logic processor.
So much for The Myth of “logic” and “reasonable”.
From the Reason article:
Could it be that the same theories apply to other things? Racism? Homosexuality?
Innate does not mean “hard-wired” or unmalleable. To say that a trait or ability is innate just means it was “organized in advance of experience.” The genes guide the construction of the brain in the uterus, but that’s only the first draft, so to speak. The draft gets revised by childhood experiences.
Not sure I agree much with the genetic aspect. Political leanings largely come from predispositions formed through one’s upbringing, social connections and experiences. Also there are many people who are apolitical or are in the middle on political issues.
the research suggests in part that the genes that shape aspects personality (more social) and seek novelty may be more influenced by points of view.
so although no “liberal gene” per se, genes are at play.
thats my take
it’s good news really because there’s hope that leftists can someday see the light of reality
problem there is, leftism is popular. talk shows, college age, media movies etc leftism reigns. so that jeopardizes ones popularity, and that will be a deterrent to openly realizing leftism is such a farce
Notice that even as babies, when they witnessed two people being equally told to do something but only one did it all and yet they both got an equal reward…that this was wrong. Lib adults could learn something from babies.
I actually thought what is in that article was so quite some time ago while noticing the innate personalities of newborn pets, each one unique and clearly born that way. Probably about 35 years ago it was, and I started watching for and observing the same phenomenon in humans. We are each born with personality traits that make it more likely we will lean one way or the other. In this case I think, nature is stronger than nurture for the most part.
Edit to add; I was completely uninterested in politics at that time, but I’ve always been a keen observer of human nature. For me, I think it was a kind of survival thing (as well as a personality trait ) from hanging out with dangerous people.