On Sat, 22 Feb 2003, lazarus wrote: > On Sat, 22 Feb 2003 11:14:50 -0800 (PST), you wrote: > > Personally, I think some of the available evidence enables us to draw > the conclusion that House is a major influence in general behaviour, > but not specific. Basically, the fact that /everyone/ we meet seems > to accept completely that members of a House will behave a certain > way, with no discussion of seriously trying to overcome fate or > anything. I happen to agree with you - on the other hand maybe all Dragaerans except maybe Paresh are just deluded/bigoted/wrong. (On the other hand Sethra seems to believe in the importance of genetics (Vlad doesn't have the genotype to be a Jhereg - end of _Orca_) and she's credible.) Consider the role of prejudice in human society today, with nothing like 200k years of tradition behind us. Also maybe Dragaerans aren't really so biologically/culturally determined but are constrained to act as if they were by the Plot I mean Wheel.