A Learned Behaviour
So here is a Story – Once upon a time, there was baby Gabbar Singh, who grew up to be exploitative and a criminal. Yes, I know, you have read so much about Nature versus the Nurture principle and figured, that we need a mix of both to be ‘Who We Are!’ So, let me take you through the probable causes of why ‘Baby Singh’ became ‘Gabbar Singh’. And this is my theory completely. Ready
So when Baby Singh was born, he was born as a blank slate, with genes that supported a lot of his physical characteristics that made him similar to his parents, other species of our kind (people) and to Orangutans (as per the research explained in the previous articles). Baby Singh had no knowledge and no skills at this point, however, Baby Singh had genes that would support his learning and develop his interest to learn. Learn what, you may ask and from whom or what? Do you remember the 1% genes that underlie differences in people’s personalities, our characteristics, our traits, our experiences, our practices (from the previous article)? Yes, that is the gene that I am referring to. Now let us shift our focus from my theory to scientifically proven theories
A paper is written by Dr Kevin M. Beaver from Florida State University and Dr Brian B. Boutwell at Sam Houston State University on Criminology, focussed on whether genes could likely cause a person to become a life-course-persistent offender which is characterised by anti-social behaviour during childhood that could later progress to violent or serious criminal acts later in life. Brian said there is no gene for criminal behaviour. He said crime is a learned behaviour.
“But there are likely to be hundreds, if not thousands, of genes that will incrementally increase your likelihood of being involved in a crime even if it only intensifies that probability by 1 percent,” he said. “It still is a genetic effect. And it’s still important.” The link between genes and crime is a divisive issue in the criminology discipline, which has primarily focused on environmental and social factors that cause or influence deviant behaviour. So, Baby Gabbar Singh learned deviant behavior from his environment through observation!