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    Is human behavior fixed or subject to change?

    Do you believe people's core preferences are primarily fixed or subject to change based on experience or reason?

    By core preferences, I do not mean a preference for diet coke vs pepsi. I am referring to things like core attitudes (such as political, philosophical, moral, etc outlook). Preferences for one type of reasoning over another. Self centered vs society centered viewpoint. And other basic assumptions people take into consideration when processing the optimal solution to a problem whether personal or world wide (or anything in between).

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    Re: Is human behavior fixed or subject to change?

    Subject to change - not always, not for everyone - but for a vague percentage things do change.

    I have completely different political and other such views than I use to - not much stayed the same as I separated from my parent's upbringing and set out on my own.
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    Re: Is human behavior fixed or subject to change?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    Subject to change - not always, not for everyone - but for a vague percentage things do change.

    I have completely different political and other such views than I use to - not much stayed the same as I separated from my parent's upbringing and set out on my own.
    I have completely different political views than I did ten years ago as well. I am much more liberal and less (small l) libertarian. However, ultimately, this is because I used to believe that my old views were the best way to achieve the most good for the most people (in terms of prosperity and a chance at happiness) and now I believe my current approach is the best way to achieve that same goal. Tomorrow, I may approach things completely differently as new information comes to me.

    However, I suspect my goals for society will never change. One thing I wonder about is people who have different stated goals (1700s concepts of political freedom for example, which is popular among certain segments here), if those goals will remain static over time, but approach may vary or if goals will change over time for other people too. So, I suspect some things change, but other, more fundamental things, probably are set for people (and my suspicion is that its a biological rather than a choice thing, but thats just a pet theory). However, if this is true, there is probably very little point in trying to convince people of the superiority of one approach or goal over another.

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    Re: Is human behavior fixed or subject to change?

    Good Question...I was raised in a working man democrat house.. back in those days they worked you like a dog for peanuts, there were no laws that made them adhere to anything, unless you were in a union. Being in a union was the only way anyone remotely came close to making a living.
    When I left the house at 17 and went in the military, I changed and became a republican in attitude and voting and stayed that way for decades, until recently when I realized that everything I saw and knew as a kid was the real truth.

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    Re: Is human behavior fixed or subject to change?

    Highly subject to change early in life, but as you age, probably becoming more rigid.

    If you ever want proof, try to argue a 70 year old about anything, especially views that are totally jacked up.

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    Re: Is human behavior fixed or subject to change?

    Subject to change based on your changing experiences.
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    Re: Is human behavior fixed or subject to change?

    Individual: very subject to change
    Humanity: not subject to change


    So, for example, a person might switch from being a radical communist to a radical libertarian; but humanity's inclination to follow incentives remains fixed.

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    Re: Is human behavior fixed or subject to change?

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    Do you believe people's core preferences are primarily fixed or subject to change based on experience or reason?

    By core preferences, I do not mean a preference for diet coke vs pepsi. I am referring to things like core attitudes (such as political, philosophical, moral, etc outlook). Preferences for one type of reasoning over another. Self centered vs society centered viewpoint. And other basic assumptions people take into consideration when processing the optimal solution to a problem whether personal or world wide (or anything in between).
    All things are given to evolve.
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    Re: Is human behavior fixed or subject to change?

    I think people are subliminally driven by sexuality, personal comfort, hunger, and social interaction. Politics and religion can seem to override any of these drivers for the most comfortable social interaction, right or wrong. People will adjust accordingly. Not everyone, but many.

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    Re: Is human behavior fixed or subject to change?

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveFagan View Post
    I think people are subliminally driven by sexuality, personal comfort, hunger, and social interaction. Politics and religion can seem to override any of these drivers for the most comfortable social interaction, right or wrong. People will adjust accordingly. Not everyone, but many.
    well there enters in the 'nuture or nature' debate - I think both win out favor in varying amounts.
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