Friday, June 15, 2012

Food intake theory

In layman's terms, food intake theory states; you are what you eat. It was developed after a long period of introspection (near decade), and is still under test. It extends to national stereotypes, policy, and health, although the evidence falls short here (begins to seriously wane). Below is some WHO data compiled in 2008 both illustrating and failing to illustrate the hypothesis. The major determiners being meat consumption, where traditional interpretations may hold;
  • Chicken - peace, non-aggression
  • Bovine - independence, strength
  • Pig - lowest common denominator (conformity, opposition to change, carelessness, self-satisfaction)
  • Sheep - happiness in group; positive outlook
  • Fish - appreciation / timidity (of big blue world)
What follows also, is that if you remove one or more of these from diet, you can get an apparent negative impact - leading to conceptualisations like 'extremism'. Behavioural expectation (including interpretations of 'arrogance') is dependent upon dominant intake. It can therefore, arguably, be viewed as a self-enforcing hypothesis.

The determination of character

How much of one's character is determined as consequent of their upbringing / context in their immediate family? Here are some candidate classes and respective hypotheses worth investigating;
  • No siblings (introversion/extroversion)
  • Sister with all brothers (confidence)
  • Brother with all sisters (concern/care/sensitivity)
  • Sister with all sisters (expectation)   
  • Brother with all brothers (expectation)
  • Younger brother no sisters (appreciation/trust)
  • Younger sister no brothers (appreciation/trust)
  • Older brother no sisters (leadership / planning)
  • Older sister no brothers (leadership / planning)
  • Female with no father (concept of self-worth)
  • Male with no father (concept of responsibility)
  • [No mother?]