THE METAPHYSICS OF HUMAN BEHAVIOR always is associated with neuropeptide release and acitivity. In an article in the NYTimes science section, Natalie Angier describes the effects of oxytocin on "kindness", "empathy", "trust". It seems to mediate romantic attachment, as well as parental connectedness to children. There seem to be two variants of this gene which may explain a bit of variation among us. The A variant may explain the difficulties with which autistic individuals have "reading' the emotions of others. "Poor parenting" may be explained away by the same variant.
I'm not sure what to do with this information. But it is fascinating to understand the neurobiology of behavior. Does it excuse certain behavior? Does it lead us to design those traits which we deem desirable? More to come on the science behind the mind/body connection.

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