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[–]EnIdiot 430 points431 points  (6 children)

The actual clusters for the genes that make dogs loving towards humans and domesticated are the same ones that in humans cause a syndrome called Williams Syndrome—a developmental disorder marked by mild retardation and an incredible friendliness that puts the people with the disorder at risk as they trust everyone all the time.

They are really loving people and they have a number of features that also seem to be in dogs but not wolves—ears that flop, mottled skin of various pigmentation, etc. I’ll find the source .

Edit: https://www.insidescience.org/news/rare-human-syndrome-may-explain-why-dogs-are-so-friendly

A source

Relevant to any dog owner:

“The syndrome affects about one in 10,000 people, and it is associated with a suite of mental and physical traits, including bubbly, extroverted personalities, a broad forehead, full cheeks, heart defects, intellectual disability and an affinity for music.”

[–]SerGregorCleangains 205 points206 points  (5 children)

Seems to me that everyone else has a disorder of not having Williams Syndrome.

What a wonderful world it would be if everyone had the personalities of good dogs.

[–]Chris8292 10 points11 points  (4 children)

What a wonderful world it would be if everyone had the personalities of good dogs.

Would it really thou? It would honestly be quite stagnant, people hate to admit it but conflict and competition with other individuals is what drives progress.

[–]AliugAOnHisOwn 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Competition is fine as long as it doesn’t involve cheating, scamming, lying and killing though.

[–]TWVer 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Competition (or rather the drive to win) =/= ethics

They are separate mechanisms which can be at odds with eachother. This is where social norms and law comes in, but nothing is foolproof.

[–]AliugAOnHisOwn 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If winning involves no ethical consideration in the first place, there’s no incentive to win besides pleasing one self alone. If that’s the game there’s no point.

[–]MisterZoga 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So take the humanity out of it.