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The Acquired-Innate Spectrum

Posted By David Rand On 2016-07-23 @ 15:32 In | No Comments

Religious and political affiliations are acquired attributes while sexual orientation and “race” are more innate.


A tabular presentation of various personal attributes, distinguishing the more acquired characteristics from those which are more innate.

Sommaire en français Une présentation, sous form de grille, de différents attributs d’une personne, dans le but de distinguer les caractéristiques acquises (comme l’appartenance religieuse ou politique) de celles qui sont plutôt innées (comme l’orientation sexuelle ou la « race »).

Position on Spectrum Characteristics
Totally Acquired
  • Opinions about religion (atheism, agnosticism, monotheism, polytheism, animism, various metabeliefs, etc.)
  • Specific religious beliefs if any (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, etc.)
  • Political orientations (libertarianism, capitalism, socialism, marxism, anarchism, etc.)
Mainly Acquired
from a very young age
  • Maternal language
  • Ethnicity
Mainly Innate
  • Sexual Orientation
Totally Innate
  • Genetic inheritance
  • “Race”

See also:

Next blog: Challenges for Canadian Secularists [3]

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[1] The Myth of Religious Obligations: https://blog.davidrand.ca/myth-religious-obligations/

[2] Aphorisms about “Islamophobia” and “Racism”: https://blog.davidrand.ca/aphorisms-islamophobia-racism/

[3] Challenges for Canadian Secularists: https://blog.davidrand.ca/challenges-for-canadian-secularists/

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