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Innate Human Instinct

I just watched an interesting program on BBC1 about a university experiment to see if we could learn if human children are born with inherent characteristics which are dependent on their sex. For example, do boys instinctively choose to play with different toys than girls because of inbuilt sexual characteristics?

Some would say that this is quite noticeable, but these days it is not politically correct to admit that there are inherent sexual differences. This would be called ‘sexist’ by the rainbow brigade, so the experiment was significant. They claim that such differences are brought about by their environment, rather than their sex, so, is it nature, or nurture?

The experiment resorted to using animals because they could not be claimed to have been influenced by their  ‘family’ background. The animals needed to have characteristics similar to humans, and in this experiment, baboons were chosen.

Male and female baboons were given access to toy cars, trucks planes and mechanical items mixed up with soft toys of different kinds, and  dolls.

It quickly became apparent that the males went for the cars and trucks, being fascinated by the moving parts like the wheels and the shiny surfaces, while the female baboons picked up the odd car, but quickly changed to examining the dolls, and began carrying them around as though they were babies.

This experiment, though simple, indicates that nature rather than nurture  determines our choice of items which prepare us for our future roles – that we are born with those roles already imprinted in our genetic make-up, something that the politically correct hate and decry as sexist, but is entirely natural, or should we really say , Biblical, for the Bible indicates that men and women have God given, and quite different roles.

Ephesians 5:22-25,    “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, His body, of which He is the Saviour. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her.”