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I have an answer for this particular chicken and egg...


Do your kids share the iPad with all the kids at school or is the sharing just among your children?

For the chicken and the egg question - "If 'bad' behavior is learned from others. Who did those others learn it from? Where did 'bad' come from?"

This behavior stemmed from envy for a person having a unique ability early in our species' development. Before this ability was realized everyone was on equal footing, and no individual would have a reason to want for another's possessions. Let's suppose this ability was superb hunting skill.

One day, someone noticed that the superior hunter was spending a lot more time back at the cave with the ladies because that particular man had an surplus of meat due to his increased productivity. The observer soon feels envy. As a result, this other person may choose one of three paths:

1. Ask the hunter to train him to hunt more effectively.

2. Talk the hunter into hunting for him as well (share the excess)

3. Try to steal some meat

Learning is a trial and error process. If the person attempts option 3 and is rewarded (the theft is successful), this behavior will likely be tried again in the future. Further, he may teach others how to steal food from the more productive hunter leading to greater philosophical deterioration of the community (and a loss in overall production).

What would be natural (unlearned) in this scenario is for the superior hunter to protect his property and punish the thief.

People are born with natural instincts to protect themselves & their property and to seek to reproduce. Other behaviors are learned through trial and error or communication from others that say the behavior works.