People have long struggled with the notion of nature versus nurture; our likes, dislikes, actions, and choices, are determined by something, but what that something is seems to be mysterious. Up until now, psychologists have theorized that it is most accurately a mix of genetic materials and training that make us who we are (some psychologists believe in a third variable, called “extraterrestrial manipulation”. This concept is gaining popularity among a small number of psychologists, as well as among unemployed people who failed drug tests). This is still true, but now, some scientists believe that they have found the dividing line.
The things we like are strongly related to this concept of our behavior. Now, we have an idea where exactly our liked things come from; a large, dedicated part of our genetic code. In fact, our genetic sequence is strongly linked to the things we like, evidenced by the fact that every DNA strand looks like a strip of bacon if you squint at it. This obviously makes a connection with the fact that every person in the world loves bacon. In fact, it was this observation that made Dr. John Goldstein-Schweiss want to pursue the subject further:
“I was looking at some genetic material under a microscope, from my own cheek. I observed that it’s shape was distinctly un-bacon-like; as it happens, I hold a world record for being the only person in the world who dislikes bacon. So that got me thinking. As I looked closer, I noticed that a lot of my sequences looked like famous actors I enjoy, and the Robert De Niro sequence was so convincing, I actually removed it and used it for the first microscopic reenactment of ‘Raging Bull’.”
What seems to be one of the most interesting implications is that genetic predispositions are language based, and therefore, we can make connections, and make more useful naming conventions. As D.J. G-Schweiss mentioned to us:
“Nomenclature is closely related to genetics. So, for instance, if a person likes the rapper Eminem, they are also likely to enjoy M & M’s candies, due to the similar sounding name. This is why Sir Francis Bacon became so popular; it’s the most common genetic predisposition, as I stated before.”
This is a wonderful piece of knowledge for would-be advertisers, product inventors, and Homecoming Queens; they need only change their name to have the ring of something popular, and they should see a dramatic popularity increase.
In unrelated news, this blog will be undergoing a name change soon, becoming “Weekly Puppy Week,” but will continue sharing science news daily.