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posted on Mar, 16 2005 @ 07:02 PM
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Well it seems to me that this was not an independent study but yet the findings are interesting nonetheless.....


Genes contribute to religious inclination...


Genes may help determine how religious a person is, suggests a new study of US twins. And the effects of a religious upbringing may fade with time.

Until about 25 years ago, scientists assumed that religious behaviour was simply the product of a person's socialisation - or "nurture". But more recent studies, including those on adult twins who were raised apart, suggest genes contribute about 40% of the variability in a person's religiousness.

But it is not clear how that contribution changes with age. A few studies on children and teenagers - with biological or adoptive parents - show the children tend to mirror the religious beliefs and behaviours of the parents with whom they live. That suggests genes play a small role in religiousness at that age.

Now, researchers led by Laura Koenig, a psychology graduate student at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, US, have tried to tease apart how the effects of nature and nurture vary with time. Their study suggests that as adolescents grow into adults, genetic factors become more important in determining how religious a person is, while environmental factors wane.




Genes contribute to religious inclination




posted on Mar, 16 2005 @ 07:07 PM
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Check out a book called "The God Gene" it'd be right up your alley
~Astral



posted on Mar, 16 2005 @ 07:42 PM
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Hahahaha I guess I don't have a single gene in my system



posted on Mar, 16 2005 @ 10:10 PM
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This is the dumbest thing ive ever heard. Whats next? The @sshole gene?



posted on Mar, 16 2005 @ 10:12 PM
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This is ridiculous. Just when you think you've heard it all...

IMHO, this person is crazy. Sorry Ed.



posted on Mar, 16 2005 @ 10:49 PM
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Well this certainly explains why most people in Islamic countries are muslim; why most in Israel are Jews; why most in India are Hindi and why most in the western hemisphere are Christian.

I hope they were not paid for this study from tax-payer funds.



posted on Mar, 16 2005 @ 10:57 PM
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Originally posted by Croat56
This is the dumbest thing ive ever heard. Whats next? The @sshole gene?


I have extra of those



posted on Mar, 16 2005 @ 10:58 PM
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One may call it the faith gene and another may call it the ignorant gene.....
Personaly i will go with the ignorant gene....



posted on Mar, 17 2005 @ 07:24 PM
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Originally posted by wang
One may call it the faith gene and another may call it the ignorant gene.....
Personaly i will go with the ignorant gene....



NO kidding you would feel that way......I am not in the least bit surprised.



posted on Mar, 17 2005 @ 07:33 PM
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Well it seems to me that if we are going to tag a gene to anything we do and what we become then it will be easier to manipulate embryos during fertilization so we can have the perfect members of society, male non gay and predisposed to loving god and Jesus.

Ed, are you sure they have not done that to you before you were born?

You will be a perfect example of the above.



posted on Mar, 17 2005 @ 07:53 PM
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Is there such a thing as a Republican gene?


Ed, i knew something was up!



posted on Mar, 17 2005 @ 08:15 PM
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Originally posted by marg6043
Well it seems to me that if we are going to tag a gene to anything we do and what we become then it will be easier to manipulate embryos during fertilization so we can have the perfect members of society, male non gay and predisposed to loving god and Jesus.

Ed, are you sure they have not done that to you before you were born?

You will be a perfect example of the above.


Actually my Dad always told me the best part ran down moms leg!

But seriously, it is environment not genes that determine a personality. God calls you, and you accept......alien genes or not....


BTW is that really you marg?






Originally posted by dgtempe
Is there such a thing as a Republican gene?


Ed, i knew something was up!



You know thats funny, I am an independent who has voted Democrat....shhhhh guess that part that ran down the leg was the Republican part and I am all that was left.

[edit on 17-3-2005 by edsinger]



posted on Mar, 18 2005 @ 12:57 AM
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Originally posted by Croat56
This is the dumbest thing ive ever heard. Whats next? The @sshole gene?


Sure. Kids born with abnormal serotonin levels are impulsive and fearless. Ever had that kid in class that just didnt know when to shutup and always pushed your buttons? Sounds like an asshole gene to me. And kids with abnormal serotonin levels who are abused at a young age are 9 times more likely to develop anti-social, sociopathic personailitys and end up in prison. Again, sounds like the cleverly named gene you were reffering to.



posted on Mar, 18 2005 @ 07:54 PM
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Originally posted by Alec Eiffel

Sure. Kids born with abnormal serotonin levels are impulsive and fearless. Ever had that kid in class that just didnt know when to shutup and always pushed your buttons?

Again, sounds like the cleverly named gene you were reffering to.


Then we have to have a politician gene also, I mean I could name their character traits but that would get me a few flags so lets just call them Lawyers for good measure.



posted on Mar, 18 2005 @ 10:03 PM
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Interesting - I thought it was the general IQ of the subject but there are cases on both ends of the bell curve and I should be PC here - people are entitled to their beliefs - some see the glass half empty, others half full - I pour it out on the ground and laugh.... Also, most people are born and indoctrinated into a religion and do not get to choose i.e. can you say brainwashing....

Another way to look at it - do you walk tall and carry a big stick alone, or do you follow the herd?? Herd mentality in humans is still very strong e.g. peer pressure and I'm sure there are some gene loci where that stuff resides....

It's also only recently that people have moved out and about an mixed to any great extent. Like tends to live with like, marry like, reproduce little like ones, like the same activities, like the same car, etc....



posted on Mar, 18 2005 @ 11:35 PM
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edsinger, it is interesting that you posted this, considering that it puts your belief into question. Why would God make it so that only some people become religious, while others are through no fault of their own, "unreligious".
I don't think I believe this though. Religion is too human a concept to have been implanted into our DNA by nature. What would be next? A gene that predisposes you to being Christian? Naah, I don't think so.
I think that there MAY be genes that make us more curious than others, or more willing to question authority, or more believing, or less believing. Coupled with the environment, luck and a little effort on your part, it makes you who you are.



posted on Mar, 21 2005 @ 08:06 PM
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Spirituality, not religion

Actually it's an inclination for spirituality, not religion.


Hamer also stresses that while he may have located a genetic root for spirituality, that is not the same as a genetic root for religion.


Furthermore......due to the vagueness and subjective nature of the term 'spirituality', it is, imo, premature to state that their is a genetic predisposition to god.

The gene VMAT2

This particular study was conducted, according to the telegraph, as an interview that questioned the use of spirituality and religious participation.....and then compared for the gene VMAT2......it was found that it was more likely to appear in individuals that claimed spirituality.

But spirituality can mean different things to different people, whether you have a twin or not. Also, the study failed to include any other considerations.........a look into the habits of real life are hardly a control.

I believe the information was not suffieciently backed up.......consider that religious affiliation is also a societal influence rather than just parental.......that would indicate an incomplete assessment of the nurture arguement.



posted on Mar, 21 2005 @ 10:39 PM
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I think a lot of you dont really understand this. There is no one single gene that makes people one way or another, its a combination of genes that make up ones personaility to a large extent. So there is no "christian" gene or anything like that, it isnt that simple. For instance, someone born with a curious and scientific type personaility might not accept christianity without proof of Christs resurection, they dont accept it just by the nature of their genes. Basically, nobody "chooses" what they believe in.

[edit on 21-3-2005 by Alec Eiffel]




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