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reply to post by liveandlearn
"Inherited Memories" v/s "Genetic Memories"
Recognizing our "inherited memories" can lead us to better health, self-discovery, personal growth and truth. On the other hand, accepting the false idea of "genetic memory" and "genetically inherited traits" leads directly to truly horrific Eugenics Policies.
Unfortunately, many journalists and New Age guru-types wrongly use the words "inherited" and "genetic" interchangeably, as when writing about Schützenberger's Ancestry Syndrome. BIG mistake. Please bear with me - this is not just semantics. "Inherited Memories" and "Genetic Memories" are very different ideas; the mechanisms involved are totally different; and most importantly, the implications are absolute polar opposites.
In simple terms, "inherited" does NOT mean "genetic." Everything genetic IS inherited but everything that can be inherited is NOT genetic. "Inheritance" in general involves various mechanisms including both genetics and epigenetics. However, genetic inheritance relies exclusively on DNA (genes), while epigenetic inheritance involves other mechanisms that over-ride gene expression aka genetic inheritance (for good or ill).
The take home message here is that you're stuck with your genes, but you CAN change your epigenetic inheritance and also, maybe over-ride your genes' expressions. True, there is no scientific evidence showing we can change our genes' expressions by force of will, however, science does prove that epigenetic change is not permanent even when it's inherited, and does show we can "fix" the bad effects.
Unfortunately, just saying "inherited memories" are "genetic memories" is dangerous because genetic stuff is permanent - the Eugenics Movement is alive and well, and committed to "culling defectives" from the human gene pool. Their rationale is that some people just have bad genes that pre-dispose them to bad traits and so, are not "worthy." The new science of epigenetics is quite wonderful because it proves that inherited negative traits are NOT genetic or permanent, and can be "fixed."
…I do have personal experience with medically verifiable cell memories, and inherited memories, but am loath to talk about them here unless this genetic-epigenetic issue is cleared up to my satisfaction.
Very interesting. I would give anything to know about my family history, but I don't have any information and no one to ask.
...If Mormons wanted to take over the world, they could, because they collect information on everybody.
...The other threat to sound eugenics is from the "very effective" Women's Relief Society, which "now doles out money [and other forms of support] to many morons and feeble minded and other defectives, and tolerates in this way the production of defective children. This, he argues, is unsound from the standpoint of Mormon theory, and he cites in support of this claim Apostle Parley P. Pratt, who is quoted as saying "the law of God would not suffer the idiot, the confirmed irreclaimable drunkard, the man of hereditary disease or of vicious habits, to possess or retain a wife." (Key to the Science of Theology, 1855, p. 167) He urges the Relief Society to make aid conditional on an assurance that there will be no reproduction, "by segregation, sterilization or approved contraception." He praises Utah for having an institution in which< sterilization of some of its inmates is authorized, but laments that the number of those treated is so small.
...III: Genetics and Mormonism
But I wanted to raise the spectre of our eugenic past for several reasons. First, our past is still with us, and although the eugenics of the past, through advances in science and terminological transformations has become the genetics of the present...
There is a third reason for wanting to discuss eugenics and genetics in this scientifically advanced and technology-heavy society. The United States, unlike practically any other developed nation, does not regulate reproductive technologies. ...
...it is up to us as individuals, as progenitors and as citizens, to educate ourselves and to think about eugenics and genetics; to figure out what the relevance of the new genetics is to our lives and the lives of our families, and what the social implications might be for ourselves and our fellow citizens.