This is somewhat related to the identical twins thread, since it is about genetics. If you are of a certain type, are your children more likely to be of your type? In my experience it does not seem to be the case that if you and your spouse are TeSi that you are more likely going to produce A TeSi than two parents that are FiNe. I seen plenty of examples of children being completely different, or even opposite types of their parents. My mom is an FeSi and my sister is a TiNe! Why?! The less reproductive types seem to remain a low but consistent percentage of the population.
So what are your theories and speculations for how type is passed on genetically? Mine is that perhaps it is a polymorphic trait? For example, gender is a form of dimorphism. Any human has a 50% chance of producing a male or female. Google polymorphism for other examples. We all have a capacity to produce a certain percentage of each type because the ratio between types is ideal, perhaps?
Finally, in evolution, how does type first arise? Is there a semblance of type in animals or our animal ancestors?
A thought experiment: two TeSi folks, one male and one female, are stranded on an island. They mate and eventuallly produce a colony over generations. Overtime, will there be more teSi folks reproduced or will all types appear at the same percentage as the normal population?
I'm not sure if types are heritable completely, but I think that there is probably at least some larger chance that there will be at least one shared function set. As for your family, it's possible that they're mistyped, that you're mistyped. The opposite is also possible. Maybe we'll find some answers one day.
The diversity in a family in terms of type is astounding. A study should be done to see if parental type influences progeny type in any way. If not, type would be a curious phenomenon. In that case type genetics might be like ant genetics, where a queen ant produces castes like the worker, soldier, princess, and drone ants. Each type has a social role like each ant caste. Thus everyone, like the queen ant, can produce each type like the queen ant can produce each caste.
L I do like the possibility that a functional stack is heritable from one generation to another.
This hypothetical scenario is quite unrealistic in my opinion. They'll die off due to inbreeding sooner or later, so we can't carry out the experiment.
And plus, if there is indeed a genetic link, they would need to be pure TeSi with no other ancestors if they were to breed only TeSi children. And there could still be genetic mutation: a pure TeSi society would collapse on itself sooner or later, though it might last longer than others. I mean, structurally-speaking, it would be quite fine, with everybody obeying the law. It will collapse, however, when the food source they've used all their life is depleted, they'll need to find a NEW food source - imagine the chaos that would create in a TeSi society.
I kid the TeSi. If there were a pure NiFe society, we would die of starvation after a month or so. Maybe some of us will suggest human sacrifices to the gods...that could solve the food problem...
leon- The idea of different types being in different castes and having different social roles is sort of a slippery slope and makes me a bit uncomfortable. Type does not equate to ability or talents or interests or anything of the sort. Your type doesn't determine what you can and can't be and doesn't pre-prescribe the role you'll play, I like to think. Brittany Spears and Albert Einstein are the same type for crying out loud. (And yes, I have thought too much about this when I was considering if possibly being FeSi meant I had no chance in hell at making it as a science major and pretty much came to the the conclusion I made the decision for the right reasons and am pretty good at it, type not-withstanding)
And I think one of those TeSi's would eventually come up with something. They do have tert Ne, after all. One of them's got to figure out how to use it. Right? Although that society, a society of people like me wouldn't last the week. I think we'd all end up dying lost in the woods. (Sense of humor fails, again)
@a sorry for the discomfort. Ants is kind of an extreme example.
I was thinking along the lines of whether evolution created type in order to have some sort of diversity within the human species. It is more effective for different humans to play different roles. I think that anyone can have any sort of ability or interest, but there is some correlation between certain interests and certain types. There are some correlations between certain abilities and different types. You will have plenty of examples of strong mechanics among FiNe's, but I expect there to be much more mechanics among TiSe's. I know FiNe's who enjoy building and fixing things and TiSe's who do not, but there seems to be a higher number of builders/fixers among TiSe's. Ability differentiation is certainly not nearly to the extent of ants. There are a lot of other genes, and environmental factors, that come into play when it comes to ability and interests, not just type. I still hold there is a differentiation in the roles types play, though the roles are not absolute. I also believe though that there are abilities that are inaccurately stereotyped as being type-based.
@a and Linus I love your NiFe and NeFi society examples! They are awesome! I think we should come up with these for every type. They kind of miss the point of my original thought experiment though. What I was trying to illustrate was whether a society of TeSi's would (1) have progeny that are mostly TeSi's or (2) have progeny that matches the percentage of each type found in a normal population. This will help determine whether parental type plays a role in determining progeny type.
That actually wasn't my point. Not all NeFi's probably have a bad sense of direction, I just do. (Although part of it is because when my Si remembers where I came from I tend to ignore it and go with what makes sense instead) If I want to come up with an all extreme-NeFi society, it'd probably be more like Apollo's example, with everybody forgetting we needed food in the first place so us not even ending getting food in the first place. And plenty of people lost in the woods.
And I don't know if we have enough data to say what is and isn't correlated with type, as this forum isn't exactly representative of the population and we've had some pretty surprising results. Personally, I tend to go with "If this was my type it was being said about, would I be or could I be upset?" and when it comes to something like differentiation, the answer is nearly always yes. You're more than welcome to have your own opinion on the matter, but for my part, I'm going to continue avoiding anything that draws absolute (or even strong) ties between Type and abilities as, for me, that just leads to unnecessary thought circles that don't lead anywhere. You do seem to have a fairly balanced view but it's not for me, sorry. And I really don't like the idea of social predestination. Everyone's so different that even expressing these trends can have harmful effects. Unfortunately, humans in general are not good with most is not all. I'd rather consider it different ways of doing and processing things than a limitation on what you should or should not do.