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Old 12-22-2016, 08:42 AM
Jennshark Jennshark is offline
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I know anecdote isn't the plural of data, but...

My mom's siblings all have, at minimum, master's degrees. Two of us in my sibling group have doctorates and virtually all of my cousins have advanced degrees (and three are professional opera singers).

On my dad's side, virtually no one went to college. I'm not arguing no one is smart on that side of the family, but in comparison they live rather limited lives in terms of new experiences/willingness to try new things.

Both sides of the family come from dirt poor/working class roots (none of my grandparents went past eighth grade).

So..maybe some genetic inheritability, family cultures, and so on. A central difference in environment is we are all voracious readers on matrilineal side; dad's family takes TV Guide and that's about it (plus that glorious literary work, The Book of Mormon).

Last edited by Jennshark; 12-22-2016 at 08:44 AM.