Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Cheeky Monkey!

Last night Dave had gone out to pick up some milk. Erik and Luey were in bed already, but Bryn had had a rare nap, so was still up. There was CRAP ALL on tv (some days I wish I could afford Foxtel!), and we'd been on channel 10, but I flicked through the channels and found a fascinating episode of InSight on SBS about identical twins and genetic inheritance research...

Anyway, so I was watching this for a minute or so, and then Bryn pipes up with;

B: Mum, did you change the channel to SBS?

Me: Yes

B: Turn it back to channel 1

Me: No, bubba, there's nothing on channel 1 and I'm watching this...

B: Turn back to CHANNEL 1!!!

Me: Hey, you, bossy boots (smiling), I want to watch this!

Bryn cracked up laughing at this stage...

B: Turn over to channel 4!

Me: No! I'm watching this!

Bryn cracks up laughing again, then gets down from the couch, and picks up a toy and thumps it on the coffee table with his face all screwed up in mock anger and punctuates his words by thumping the table with the toy...

B: TURN. THE. CHANNEL. OVER!!!

And he collapses on the floor laughing - obviously thought this was a fantastic game... I just had to laughed... It seems we were re-enacting an oft witness interaction between Erik and Luey...

Meanwhile, the InSight episode was fascinating, and apparently the research out of Britain into biological inheritance vs environmental influence (Nature vs Nurture) has shown, overwhelmingly, that most everything about how we are is genetically predetermined by our genes - apparently sense of humour isn't, and a few other things, but most things are at LEAST 50% influenced by biological, INCLUDING the environments we choose to live in! So, our nature also influences our nurture!

Fascinating stuff and the show will be repeated on Friday at 1.30pm, and some other time as well - check your tv guide! Well worth watching.

For me it underlined that although as parents choosing our child's environment, we can have SOME influence on their behaviour and way of interacting with others, there might well still be aspects of our children's personalities that make our desire for them to be a certain way, or to hold certain views, an uphill battle...

An interesting finding of the research is that our level of attraction to religion is also GENETICALLY based, including what kinds of religion are more likely to attract us.

I thought what was discussed last night might explain why, as people, with preferences and differing view points, it can be so difficult to understand how and why other people would choose so differently from us. When we "just don't get it", could this be because our biological make up is simply opposed to that of the other person and so there is no compatibility, no common ground...

3 comments:

katef said...

I watched a bit of that show last night... sort of freaks me out and comforts me at the same time knowing that is is normal and probable that my girls are and always will be very much alike no matter what any of us do to try and change that!

But very good point about people just 'not getting' things from another's point of view...

Clel said...

How interesting! Will have to keep eye out for repeat.

Funny, I used to work in mental health with a couple of staunch psychoanalysts, who would always giggle knowingly about those crazy people who believed in genetics and mental illness...and of course later worked in genetics and heard outright snickers from them about those poor deluded psychologists. Funny how people get so caught up in their own worldview...must be genetic!

And hey, I think Bryn is Lil's evil twin, she really enjoys a good joke with us and cracks herself up all the time with what I consider to be bloody complicated intellectual musings for a young toddler!

Anyway, will be thinking of you tomorrow morning, Sif :)

HipbubbyMama said...

wow that sounds fascinating!! Wish I'd seen it. I hardly ever watch tv (other than Medium and Boston Legal lol) as I just always expect it to be crap lol I must learn to check whats on ABC/SBS more!)

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