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Help for discussion topics for class debate?

Postby asquared7 » Tue Oct 04, 2011 12:53 am

Hi all,

So i have to lead a discussion for my IB class and i have to bring up societal implications for the topic at hand which is genes and fidelity. I don't know if this will help, but this was the article:

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/20 ... ment-pill/


I am honestly clueless/stuck on coming up with topics and i really want to have some solid ones since the past groups haven't had the greatest discussions.


The only one that i sort of have is:

+ What would your viewpoint be if we did have pills that enhanced the probability of a couples attachment to each other.


I don't necessarily think that it would be considered a decent topic though.

I will be forever grateful for anyone's contribution!
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Postby asquared7 » Tue Oct 04, 2011 2:43 am

here's another one:

do people have a genetic predisposition for fidelity or is it more of a learned thing
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Re: discussion topics for genes and fidelity?

Postby aptitude » Tue Oct 04, 2011 6:36 am

I'm in IB as well, though I've never had such a discussion in any science class.

First of all, my view is that this pill is a bad idea considering the fact that vasopressin (ADH) is primarily involved in maintaining blood volume. If ADH receptors are up-regulated, it may result in high blood pressure. The ethical part of the argument is therefore irrelevant.

However, these are two questions I think are good:

+ In terms of evolution, what are the advantages and disadvantages of polygamy/monogamy?

+ Are there any potential benefits of having a low commitment between male and female?
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