posted on Jan, 12 2008 @ 01:49 PM
Originally posted by Perplexed
My question is if we were able to modify human genetics to exclude anger what would happen?
I wonder whether this is even possible.
Although you can ease the physical sensation of anger, calm people down with medications, I am not sure you can eliminate the intellectual aspects of
anger or any other human "qualia". These sensations may be intrinsic to consciousness. You may not be able to have awareness without the spectrum of
emotional sensation, such as anger, revenge, love, curiousity, etc.
For example, when you give medications to calm people, they have a temporary effect. These medications numb the "feelings", but studies have
demonstrated that the emotions are still intellectualized, and still affect overall behavior. For example, some people just get nastier when they
drink. Numbing the feelings associated with anger might actually amplify the anger behavior rather than reduce it.
(I've been searching for some web reference to back this assertion up, but haven't found anything yet. I will keep looking.)
Very provocative idea you have! I wonder what others have to say?