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Originally posted by bsl4doc
Originally posted by mrwupy
I wonder about the gene factor. I share the same genes as my brother and we are as differant as night and day.
You're in luck, you do NOT share the same genes as your brother. In fact, unless you are identical twins, the chance of you two having the same genome is so astronomical you can't even comprehend it. Yes, you have the same parents, but each parent has two alleles for every gene (at least), and your dad's two alleles are not the same as your mom's two alleles, meaning there are many, many possibile combinations for your inheritance of two alleles. You could end up with alleles 1 and 2, 2 and 3, 3 and 4, 4 and 1, 4 and 2, 3 and 1, 3 and 3, 4 and 4, etc. Now, multiply the probability of you inheriting the SAME combination of alleles as your sibling by 20 000 to 25 000 (the current estimated number of genes in the human genome), and the chance of point mutations, which is quite high, and you will have the probability of you two having the same genome. Nil.
So, in short, I wouldn't worry about yor own criminal tendencies anytime soon, heh. Ciao e buone notte.
[edit on 3/7/2006 by bsl4doc]
Scientists are rewriting the laws of heredity as they learn more about a mysterious second genetic code that turns our genes on and off.
The traditional idea that we are the passive carriers of our genes is being challenged by the notion that we are their custodians. Our lifestyles — what we eat, how much we exercise, whether we smoke — may play a role in a chemical switching system that activates or deactivates our genes. There are signs that our behaviour may program sections of our children's DNA, and that how we live may even affect our grandchildren's genes.
“It introduces the concept of responsibility into genetics,” said Dr. Moshe Szyf, a researcher at McGill University in Montreal and a pioneer in the field of epigenetics, the study of genetic changes that don't involve mutations in DNA.
Originally posted by Excitable_Boy
Also I think the addictive personality is just a label that has become an excuse, of heard so many people after a drug binge just blame it over and over again on their so called addictive personality. To me that is just a lame excuse for someone who needs help.
Really JRod..is this your educated opinion? Maybe it's an excuse in some cases, but not in general. It is a disorder. Addictive Personality Dosorder. It does exist and it's quite real....and that's an educated answer. Do you have anything to back up your claim that it is just an excuse? Do you have any idea what you are talking about?
Originally posted by deadboi
personal accountability. What's to stop them from doing whatever they want when we teach them that there is always a scapegoat.
we are who we are b/c of the decisions we make. we are all faced with the same to cheat or not to cheat, to lie or to tell the truth we are who we are by how we react to our enviroment. to ask why one rock is here and the other is there is meaning less to try to understand why we act the way we do is a noble cause but has yet to come true. maby we act like we want and why some "go bad" is simply they are bad nothing more nothing less.
It's not my fault I'm addicted to crack, I have an addictive personality.
It's not my fault I'm obese, It's a glandular problem.
It's not my fault I skip school and fail classes, I have ADD.
It's not my fault I beat my wife, I was drunk.
It's not my fault, It's not my fault, it's not my fault.... give me a break.