Recently I read an article suggesting that dogs may have helped modern humans out-compete neanderthals. I eat up stories about neanderthals and their demise.
If there's a dog loving gene, I don't have it. I am most definitely not a dog person. I don't dislike them, but I wouldn't want one around all of the time. I much prefer a cat's style of interaction. My brother and mother are definitely also cat people. Why is that?
I might have thought that it was because I was an introvert, but I don't think my brother is quite as much of an introvert and he's definitely a cat person. There is also a stereotype I think of a lone, introverted guy with a dog. Let's see if dog person / cat person breaks down along extrovert / introvert lines!
The neanderthal theory of autism http://www.rdos.net/eng/asperger.htm is (way!) out there, but I think there may be a (small!) grain of truth to it. I was a dead-ringer for that reconstructed neanderthal boy growing up, and I think I tend very slightly towards the aspergers side of things, while others in my extended family definitely have aspergers. Could that be involved?
Poll: Where would you put yourself on the introvert/extrovert, aspergers/NT, and "dog person" / "cat person" spectrums?
Any other ideas what might be involved?