Santa Monica, California, USA
Re: "The issue, is that people are affected both by nature, and nurture, because the humnan indiviadual learns responses from it's environment, not simply by a single instinct..."
Sure, even crazy people are affected by their environment. That's not where I was going, particularly. I was trying to say that this particular person in this particular case seemed to have a faulty neural network, a physically bizarre set of synapses.
"Here's a question ocean:
By claiming that it is nature, are humans then nothing more than unsentient animals? I think that while humans may only be a higher form of life, in order to be sentient we as a species must learn from past expieriences..."
My claim was that it was nature in this case, a biologically flawed brain.
Humans are sentient animals, which isn't always a good thing. One large function of the brain is to solve problems. If there is no real problem readily at hand, the brain tends to create one. That's part of its job.
One of the great made up problems is the notion that there is a ghost in the machine which somehow makes us a higher form of life.
"P.S If you are going to use war to defend your statement about not leraning from past expieriences, then know: The only reason countries send their soliders to war is because the leader of the country has a small p... ... ... brain"
I didn't make a statement about not learning from past experiences. We learn some things from some past experiences, little or nothing from other past experiences, but for the most part, we don't even seem to experience our experiences. (Which is a whole other whole ball of wax and goes to the "What is reality" thread.
As to the war anology, which I didn't make either, "countries," -- a dangerous abstraction -- go to war for any number of reasons. This doesn't mean I think that people are disposed to go to war through some function of the amygdala or hippocampus. People seem to be so unwarlike that they have to have their "normal" brains seriously modified by forces such as Basic Training or some form of Sunday School. Nurture by wackos, or, as you call them, leaders.
I can readily understand anger, outrage, depression, and sorrow over -- it hurts! But those are functions of perception. This presents other overwhelming conundrums, probably not germane to this discussion.
Take comfort in what you can take comfort in, find peace where you can find it.