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  • 100% inborn/genetic

    1 4.35%
  • 90% inborn/genetic

    0 0%
  • 80% inborn/genetic

    0 0%
  • 70% inborn/genetic

    1 4.35%
  • 60% inborn/genetic

    0 0%
  • 50% inborn/genetic

    4 17.39%
  • 40% inborn/genetic

    0 0%
  • 30% inborn/genetic

    2 8.70%
  • 20% inborn/genetic

    2 8.70%
  • 0 % to 10% inborn/genetic

    13 56.52%
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Thread: Ideology and the brain

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    Re: Ideology and the brain

    I wouldnt say particular ideologies are inborn, but people often make their choice of ideologies based on the structure of what they learned as a child.

    I personally am a Socialist, I use all of my mental faculties to examine everything I can find about politics and different ideologies against the backdrop of my own experiences and moral compass and I cant find it in my heart to identify as anything else; I'm a Socialist because I cant be anything else.

    So I wouldnt say ideology is born into you, but as was suggested earlier, modes of thinking that are instilled into you as a child stay with you and guide you towards different ideological paths.
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    Re: Ideology and the brain

    50/50

    We're ultimately reflections of our parents when we're young, but once we get of age, firsthand knowledge and experience begin to either enforce what you believed in the first place, or change to what you believe now.

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    Re: Ideology and the brain

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    I picked 50%, for the time being.

    At least half of your political philosophy is learned, however, your brain function can lend a hand in influencing whether or not you actually belief said philosophy.
    Our memories are where our beliefs and philosophies are, and are activated by the situations we are in at the time, so how and where does the brain function fit in?

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    Re: Ideology and the brain

    Entirely and completely learned. Nobody pops out of the womb waving a political flag, it all comes from our upbringing.
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    Re: Ideology and the brain

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoplite View Post
    I wouldnt say particular ideologies are inborn, but people often make their choice of ideologies based on the structure of what they learned as a child.

    I personally am a Socialist, I use all of my mental faculties to examine everything I can find about politics and different ideologies against the backdrop of my own experiences and moral compass and I cant find it in my heart to identify as anything else; I'm a Socialist because I cant be anything else.
    None of can change who and what we are. Our beliefs and learned responses are as much a part of us as our arms and legs.

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    Re: Ideology and the brain

    The only logical conclusion: we don't know. I'm looking for that option.

    For instance, DNA may induce sympathy, or outrage at certain issues which could persuade our idelogical beliefs.

    Also important to note is epigenetics which we are not born with, but controls protein expression and could also have impact on our ideologies. So like I said, impossible to know.
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    Re: Ideology and the brain

    I consider mine learned since it's just about 180 degrees from 30 years ago.
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    Re: Ideology and the brain

    I think ideology is 100% learned and "nurtured." People change ideologies and ideas based on information. As of last week I used to be a conservative, but now I'm a liberal because I chose to change my ideology.
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    Re: Ideology and the brain

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    Re: Ideology and the brain

    People who are saying it's 100% either are just plain wrong. Genes affect a person in so many different ways it's impossible for them to not affect ideology in some way. Same with the alternative.

    I would personally say that ideology is mostly developed over time, with a hint of genetic influence - maybe 80/20.

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