OpinionOur personalities are mostly a sum of learned behaviors
      – BorgClown, 2008-09-09 at 18:14:21   (44 comments)

On 2008-09-09 at 18:14:48, BorgClown wrote...
Monkey see, monkey do. Taken to a higher level.
On 2008-09-09 at 19:01:07, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Learned, or self-taught?
On 2008-09-09 at 19:09:54, Bensci wrote...
somewhat, but I wouldn't say mostly.
On 2008-09-09 at 19:11:28, Nevermore wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: learned *and* self-taught.
On 2008-09-09 at 19:15:42, BorgClown wrote...
You mean self-tuition as discriminating what behaviors to learn?
On 2008-09-09 at 19:16:53, BorgClown wrote...
Because is impossible to teach yourself something, you'd already knew it. You must mean selective acquiring of behavior.
On 2008-09-09 at 19:38:46, Lee J Haywood wrote...
You can choose your personality, as I did when I was 12. You do find that your decision making becomes more and more based on learned behaviour as you get older, but when you're younger you can choose what path to take.
On 2008-09-09 at 19:50:13, BorgClown wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: But at 12 you had to be exposed to several personalities for you to have something to choose. So you copied the behaviors you liked most.
On 2008-09-09 at 19:52:50, Lee J Haywood wrote...
So what's the alternative?
On 2008-09-09 at 19:56:24, BorgClown wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: I didn't have an alternative. Since infants we show talent for copying, it's natural for it to be perfected on adulthood. Fortunately we are exposed to great behaviors like common sense and skepticism, so we have good material to copy.
On 2008-09-09 at 19:58:47, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Okay, well I'm force to agree then, although with the caveat that our personalities are the result of random choices and events - in this case, with regard to the behaviours we're exposed to to begin with.
On 2008-09-09 at 20:34:15, BorgClown wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: You mean that you agreed because I didn't provide an alternative? The only one I can think of is inherent or spontaneous behavior, but apart from genetic predisposition, those seem very unlikely.
On 2008-09-09 at 20:37:32, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Genetic predisposition plays a huge part, although you'd have to look at twin studies to find out how much. I was thinking along the lines of the butterfly effect - if I went back in time and changed some critical event where you learned one behaviour, you'd end up with a different personality. You'd still be learning behaviours, but which ones is still a matter of chance.
On 2008-09-09 at 20:42:33, BorgClown wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: Alright, I can buy that. One critical change and we might end priests, musicians, firemen or whatnot. And like it.
On 2008-09-09 at 20:44:39, BorgClown wrote...
I chose TI because computers amazed me, and it was in vogue on TV and movies. But if it wasn't, I think I might have ended a watchman. I love the intricacies of mechanical watches.
On 2008-09-09 at 20:45:32, BorgClown wrote...
Oops, watch maker. Or watch repairman.
On 2008-09-09 at 20:46:27, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Choice of profession/hobby is an event that influences your personality and is influenced by it, but it isn't the personality itself.
On 2008-09-09 at 20:49:44, BorgClown wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: Agreed. But I'd be a very different person if I weren't in TI, mostly because my influences in the last 20 years would have been very different.
On 2008-09-09 at 20:51:54, Lee J Haywood wrote...
There's no 'but', what I said already covered that.
On 2008-09-09 at 20:54:58, BorgClown wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: but but but..
On 2008-09-09 at 20:55:42, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I would have expected someone who works in IT to know how to spell it. (-:
On 2008-09-09 at 20:57:36, BorgClown wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: I spelled it in Spanish, my bad.
On 2008-09-09 at 20:58:02, BorgClown wrote...
Tecnologías de Información FTW!
On 2008-09-09 at 21:33:54, RudystillRules wrote...
Nature plays as much a part as nurture. Some people are predisposed to behave a certain way.
On 2008-09-09 at 21:43:38, BorgClown wrote...
@RudystillRules: "Nature plays as much a part as nurture" -Not quite. I'd say that nature plays a much lesser role than nurture. You can learn to overcome your instincts, and end up with a different personality than your biology intended.
On 2008-09-09 at 21:54:21, RudystillRules wrote...
[i]I'd say that nature plays a much lesser role than nurture. [/i] I'd say they play an equal part because this is a question really hasn't solved yet and I'd prefer to stay neutral. It's virtually impossible to overcome your natural instincts though.
On 2008-09-09 at 21:54:53, RudystillRules wrote...
Dammit I'm not used to doing <> in writing.
On 2008-09-09 at 21:55:24, BorgClown wrote...
Noob
On 2008-09-09 at 21:56:01, BorgClown wrote...
@RudystillRules: One word: Suicide.
On 2008-09-09 at 21:56:13, RudystillRules wrote...
Jerk
On 2008-09-09 at 21:56:51, BorgClown wrote...
loser
On 2008-09-09 at 21:57:27, RudystillRules wrote...
no u
On 2008-09-09 at 21:58:45, RudystillRules wrote...
I win!
On 2008-09-09 at 21:59:33, BorgClown wrote...
@RudystillRules: LOL @ [b]fial[/b]
On 2008-09-09 at 22:00:24, Lee J Haywood wrote...
You're only saying these things because of your learned behaviours.
On 2008-09-09 at 22:00:59, RudystillRules wrote...
You win this one clownface. I withdraw.
On 2008-09-09 at 22:01:40, BorgClown wrote...
@RudystillRules: no u win
On 2008-09-09 at 22:02:39, RudystillRules wrote...
You're just trying to lull me into a false sense of victory so you can launch your attack. I won't fall for it.
On 2008-09-09 at 22:03:07, BorgClown wrote...
Okay, I'll stop too.
On 2008-09-09 at 22:07:55, RudystillRules wrote...
I would still do you, for the record.
On 2008-09-09 at 22:10:50, BorgClown wrote...
Do me what, you creep?
On 2008-09-09 at 22:11:28, BorgClown wrote...
Sorry, I said I'd stop.
On 2008-09-09 at 22:14:37, RudystillRules wrote...
This has been a stimulating conversation.
On 2008-09-09 at 22:15:46, BorgClown wrote...
Indeed, my most opinionated friend. Indeed.