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  • There is a conservative gene

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Thread: Genetic Politics

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    Genetic Politics

    Scientists Find 'Liberal Gene' | NBC San Diego

    Given the information in the article, which statement is more true?

    There is a liberal gene.
    There is a conservative gene.

    If we want to go deeper, the next logical question would be, is one of these variants a defective one?
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    Re: Genetic Politics

    I'll take it that the Libertarian gene come from a mutation in the 47th chromosome.
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    Re: Genetic Politics

    That's amusing, but completely asinine. One's political leaning is entirely learned from interactions within one's environment. Absolutely no genetics involved.
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    Re: Genetic Politics

    I really don't think genetics have to do with political leaning, but one may have a predisposition to lean one way over another the way our brain is hardwired. The environment one is in would be a better determining factor in determining why someone leans one way or the other. Though it's not always reliable, because I should be a staunch conservative considering my environment, though that's not the case.

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    Re: Genetic Politics

    Though my dad voted republican for Pres. and DFL for Reps. You can blame all the hours I spent watching Rush Limbaugh when I was a teen for how I turned out.
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    Re: Genetic Politics

    I am seriously beginning to get worried. The combination of skeezy social scientists getting involved with genetics combined with an incredibly dishonest and sensationalist media is very dangerous. I really wish there was a way to separate real genetic research done by biologists from morons like this in the eyes of the public.

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    Re: Genetic Politics

    Nothing skeezy about it, the methodology would be simple enough to find a simple correlation.

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    Re: Genetic Politics

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    Scientists Find 'Liberal Gene' | NBC San Diego

    There is a liberal gene.
    There is a conservative gene.
    Genes only pass on body structure, not behavior, character, or intelligence. Like father like son is the closest to gene influence you can get.

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    Re: Genetic Politics

    Genes only pass on body structure, not behavior, character, or intelligence. Like father like son is the closest to gene influence you can get.
    Not true. The factors that influence human behavior are so complex that the best answer at this time is that don't understand the many factors that influence the outcome. Genetics may play a role, but nobody really knows how large or small that role is.

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    Re: Genetic Politics

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    Given the information in the article, which statement is more true?

    There is a liberal gene.
    There is a conservative gene.
    Neither. One permutation simply makes the brain more open to and seeking of new experiences. That mindset tends to make one more liberal whereas those who find comfort in known ideas and concepts tend to be more Conservative.

    If we want to go deeper, the next logical question would be, is one of these variants a defective one?
    That depends on your perspective.

    Quote Originally Posted by librep View Post
    That's amusing, but completely asinine. One's political leaning is entirely learned from interactions within one's environment. Absolutely no genetics involved.
    It isnt that someone is genetically hardwired to be a Republican or Democrat, its what our brains do with new information. People with this gene generally want to experience and see alternative things, that leads to a more liberal mindset.
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