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    hardwired

    Dear teachers,

    Would you been kind enough to share with me your opinion concerning the mentioned below interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentences?

    The global arms trade is hard-wired for corruption.

    The global arms trade is strongly associated with corruption.

    Hauser contends that all humans share a basic moral grammar, albeit one that can be expressed differently between cultures (much like languages). /…/ the apostle Paul is saying that everyone has a kind of moral "law" or "code" hardwired into them.

    Hauser contends that all humans share a basic moral grammar, albeit one that can be expressed differently between cultures (much like languages). /…/ the apostle Paul is saying that everyone has a kind of moral "law" or "code" implanted into them.

    We are estate agents, we only offer properties which we have on our books, i.e. the ones we have been instructed (by selling clients) to sell. We are not search agents, we are not hardwired for that.

    We are estate agents, we only offer properties which we have on our books, i.e. the ones we have been instructed (by selling clients) to sell. We are not search agents, we are not geared up for that.

    I'm not cut out for this housewife thing.

    I’m not hardwired for this housewife thing.

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Re: hardwired

    Your interpretations sound good to me, Vil.

    And I'm much happier sharing my opinion than giving you a leg up.

    Rover:)

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    Re: hardwired

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you been kind enough to share with me your opinion concerning the mentioned below interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentences?

    The global arms trade is hard-wired for corruption.

    The global arms trade is strongly associated with corruption.

    Hauser contends that all humans share a basic moral grammar, albeit one that can be expressed differently between cultures (much like languages). // the apostle Paul is saying that everyone has a kind of moral "law" or "code" hardwired into them.

    Hauser contends that all humans share a basic moral grammar, albeit one that can be expressed differently between cultures (much like languages). // the apostle Paul is saying that everyone has a kind of moral "law" or "code" implanted into them.

    We are estate agents, we only offer properties which we have on our books, i.e. the ones we have been instructed (by selling clients) to sell. We are not search agents, we are not hardwired for that.

    We are estate agents, we only offer properties which we have on our books, i.e. the ones we have been instructed (by selling clients) to sell. We are not search agents, we are not geared up for that.

    I'm not cut out for this housewife thing.

    Im not hardwired for this housewife thing.

    Thanks for your efforts.

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    V.
    Not a teacher.

    "Hard-wired" does not mean "strongly associated with." That misses the entire point.


    Hard-wiring is a synonym for "innate."

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    Re: hardwired

    Hi SoothingDave,

    A miss is as good as a mile.

    I am not wiser for your words.

    Would you be kind to tell me somethin in a more material sense?

    Regards,

    V

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    Re: hardwired

    Here's a definition of hardwired in, I assume, its original sense: referring to computers:

    "a capability through logic circuitry that is permanently connected within a computer and therefore not subject to change by programming";

    in other words, 'inbuilt'.

    You could use 'inbuilt' to talk about aspects of human behaviour that exist at birth (especially, if you see humans as biological machines), but, as SoothingDave says, the most obvious synonym in this case is 'innate'.

    Here are some other possible words you might use, depending on the context:
    'by nature',
    'inherent' (possibly, 'the global arms trade is inherently corrupt'),
    'automatic',
    'rooted in' (not 'implanted in' - if something is implanted, it is acquired) - you could talk about people having a 'deeply rooted moral code'/'a moral code [deeply] rooted within them' or simply 'an innate moral code',
    'predetermined',
    'inevitable',
    'unavoidable'
    'made/built/designed for something/to do something' - 'I'm not made for this housewife thing' (although I think 'set up for' is fine here - after all, you 'set up' computers with functions in building them).

    And many more, eg in the last instance, 'this housewife thing just isn't within me/just doesn't come naturally to me'.

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    Re: hardwired

    "Hard-wired" is a function that is built-in to a system. It is part of its core function. A critical part of a safety system, for example. You do not trust software to function when lives are at stake. You have physical wires that control the function.

    By analogy, something that is "hard-wired" is part of the essential, designed, built-in nature of a thing. Innate.

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