Yesterday i was thinking as i walked back from class about just how much of my personality came directly because of my genetics. More specifically I pondered how can my musical tastes be determined by chemicals in the brain. Does it have something to do with my experiences that associated the music? Possibly my parents attitude or lack thereof to my preferences? Or did it really all come down to whether my predisposed attitudes toward agression chose what types of music I would enjoy. And this lead into an even broader thought. How much of our morals can be attributed to genetics? Sure, close your eyes and ears for a second and you can still hear childhood lessons echoing and bouncing around your skull, but what of the kids raised in good homes who end up being criminals, or worse, lawyers! Or in the case of one of my cousins, a young girl who grows up completely despite her parents with seemingly innate morals.
This growing up despite bad parenting leads into the question of are others standing up for this girl and taking the place of surrogate parents? Is there a social obligation to do so? All are very puzzling questions, and I doubt there are any non-puzzling answers.
Oh and as promised http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/~akitaoka/index-e.html
That site has a ton of cool visual brain twisters.