Courtesy “misdreavus,” “cold russian,” and HBD Chick:
To which (correctly) responded “cold russian”:
And HBD Chick:
@SuperMisdreavus yeah. like @coldrussian91 suggests, only if you find such thoughts distressing. (~_^)
— hbd chick (@hbdchick) April 9, 2014
I for one am fully aware that a big part of the backlash against behavioral genetics and HBD (from both the Left and Right) comes because it clashes with the self concept of some people. One issue is the degree of “control” one feels one has in one’s life. This is part of reason I’m given a hard time when I talk about the nonexistence of free will. Another aspect is that we all have a worldview of some kind, one which is not entirely based on facts. Some people are emotionally invested in certain pre-conceived notions about how the world is – specifically, how we are. This is through no fault of their own; that’s how they are. However, unfortunately, many of these individuals don’t take too kindly to the facts. But what can you do?
There is one thing I can say, to counteract one charge I frequently get:
Some folks believe genes = determinism. That's a false choice. Determinism was always the case. Genetics are just one of its agents.
— JayMan (@JayMan471) February 23, 2014