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(Independent)   Think you're making friends based on mutual interests, shared philosophy, similar experiences? Think again   (independent.co.uk) divider line 19
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2014 clicks; posted to Geek » on 15 Jul 2014 at 8:49 AM (11 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2014-07-15 12:05:17 AM
A lot of my friends are Jewish, but I thought that was because similar socio-cultural and religious interests.
/And ethnicity.
//Why is this article in any way surprising to anybody?
 
2014-07-15 03:33:53 AM
Friends?
 
2014-07-15 08:19:35 AM
Everyone is a distant relative to everyone else.
 
2014-07-15 08:38:09 AM
I mark my friends with my DNA, if you know what I mean.
 
2014-07-15 08:52:21 AM
I call BS.
 
2014-07-15 09:02:31 AM
What the hell happened to Courtney Cox in that picture?
 
2014-07-15 09:09:22 AM

jonny_q: What the hell happened to Courtney Cox in that picture?


that pig ate her!
 
2014-07-15 09:11:02 AM

Diogenes: I mark my friends with my DNA, if you know what I mean.


According to this article, that's double secret incest or something.
 
2014-07-15 09:14:10 AM

jonny_q: What the hell happened to Courtney Cox in that picture?


Flashback episode to when she was still fat.
 
2014-07-15 09:30:53 AM
I never understood why people always want to be with people similar to themselves.
 
2014-07-15 09:40:26 AM

Bareefer Obonghit: Diogenes: I mark my friends with my DNA, if you know what I mean.

According to this article, that's double secret incest or something.


I just came up with a new tongue twister:  Incest sex is best sex.
 
2014-07-15 09:48:59 AM
Okay, I'm going to level the obvious accusation that genetics can help shape interests and philosophy, to a small degree, but large enough that it affects the statistics of friendship.

If you don't have the mental attention for complex board games, e.g., you're not going to develop a lasting interest.   Genetics can affect that.
 
2014-07-15 10:00:40 AM

ikanreed: Okay, I'm going to level the obvious accusation that genetics can help shape interests and philosophy, to a small degree, but large enough that it affects the statistics of friendship.

If you don't have the mental attention for complex board games, e.g., you're not going to develop a lasting interest.   Genetics can affect that.


Oh come on.  You've been around Fark long enough now to know that correlation always equals causation.   ALWAYS.
 
2014-07-15 10:34:46 AM
Yeah, no.
 
2014-07-15 10:47:38 AM
Probably more a thing in villages where no one has moved in seven generations.
 
2014-07-15 12:10:47 PM
TFA article didn't have enough detail. Does the research suggest that friends are actually 4th cousins, or do they merely have the same percentage of alleles in common as a 4th cousin?

I happen to know that I have no ancestors in common with my childhood friends going back at least 8 generations (the earliest record of an ancestor getting evicted from England). None of my close friends are related, so I'm either a statistical outlier, or the research wasn't properly described in TFA.
 
2014-07-15 12:41:47 PM
Jokes on you subby, I don't make friends.

/hold me
 
2014-07-15 12:48:12 PM

Wenchmaster: do they merely have the same percentage of alleles in common as a 4th cousin?


The NPR story from a year ago said this one.
 
2014-07-15 08:50:33 PM
It is location. Then genetic makeup is just a correlation.

Sociologists had this covered with dorm studies and personality inventories over a decade ago.
 
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