Saturday, May 28, 2005


take a look at the article here.

One paragraph says:
Neuberg and Cottrell are both adamant to point out that just because prejudices are a fundamental and natural part of what makes us human, that doesn’t mean that learning can’t take place and that responses can’t be dampened.

“People sometimes assume that because we say prejudice has evolved roots we are saying that specific prejudices can’t be changed. That’s simply not the case,” Neuberg says. “What we think and feel and how we behave is typically the result of complex interactions between biological tendencies and learning experiences. Evolution may have prepared our minds to be prejudiced, but our environment influences the specific targets of those prejudices and how we act on them.”

So if attitudes and behaviors that are “hardwired” can be changed and, in the case of “bad” behaviors such change is desirable, why is sexual behavior exempt?

Please note that I am interested in exploring the logic. Also it is important to explore the labels as how which behavior is defined as “bad” and thuse to be surpressed and that which is “good” and should be reinforced. Anyway the referenced article: “Tendency to be prejudiced is a form of common sense, hard-wired into the human brain” might advance the discussion.

Comment by Br. Michael, FOCD

1 comment:

Mwalimu Daudi said...

A great deal of "weird science" is now employed in the service of homosexual advocacy. The fake "gay gene" that was a much-in-the-news topic a few years ago is a good example.

It's not hard to see why this kind of research could be considered radioactive to the homosexual movement. But since most in the ELCA don't do science, they don't have much to worry about.

At any rate, the advocates of gay/lesbian marriage and ordination are interested only in "reconciliation" and "unity", which merely means uniformity of opinion.

The good ship ELCA...

The good ship ELCA...
Or the Shellfish blog...