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create discrimination by manipulation of DNA
Would Therapeutic Genetics create discrimination, or reduce it?If it were one day possible to treat, or perhaps cure Cystic Fibrosis by genetic surgery, would the victim (or his family or medical fund) feel that they had been discriminated against, or that they had been helped?
The existence of a God or homosexuality gene may provide evidences that pseudo-scientific racism has evolved into genetics. This raise fundamental issues on the nature of humans: Is faith and religion determined by genes? Are mental disorders caused by genetics ? Moreover, synthetic biology may put forward a genetic genocide through advancement of eugenics into society. Is therefore genetic determinism limiting social justice through biological racism ? I believe science should promote the outcomes of genetic diversity and not create discrimination by manipulation of DNA.
Is faith and religion determined by genes?
Are mental disorders caused by genetics ?
Quote from: tkadm30 on 25/12/2015 12:43:10 Is faith and religion determined by genes?Obviously not, since they have to be taught. The exceptionally long period of maturation of humans does lead to a susceptibility to believe in the supernatural, but I know of no evidence of e.g.separated twins spontaneously inventing identical religions.
Quote from: tkadm30 on 25/12/2015 12:43:10 Is faith and religion determined by genes?Obviously not, since they have to be taught. The exceptionally long period of maturation of humans does lead to a susceptibility to believe in the supernatural, but I know of no evidence of e.g.separated twins spontaneously inventing identical religions. Quote Are mental disorders caused by genetics ? There is evidence of genetic susceptibility but environment appears to be the stronger determinant in later life.
Whats your take on the God gene (VMAT2) hypothesis ? Could it be possible to delete this gene to reduce fundamentalism in a given population?
Quote from: tkadm30 on 20/01/2016 12:39:39Whats your take on the God gene (VMAT2) hypothesis ? Could it be possible to delete this gene to reduce fundamentalism in a given population?Einstein's definition of insanity is repeating the same action in the hope of getting a different result. I think this describes most religious practices. Fundamentalism is clearly an acquired insanity since it always relates to a written text, can usually be traced to a single nonfamilial source of infection, any particular brand of fundamentalism can infect people of widely differing genetic makeup, and small differences in very similar texts can cause lethal conflict between nominally similar fundies.
The invention of the I-Pad, for example, was not something one could reason based on our sensory systems and the world what already was.
Repeating the same action in the hope of getting a different result is also called practice makes perfect. The figure skater or basketball player will do the same routines, again and again, seeking perfection.
You are mistaking genetic predisposition for real world reality. A genetic predisposition does not guarantee a particular outcome.
Cynic, moi? No, call it Jewish heritage (yes, it's genetic!). After 6000 years of disappointment one wonders whether repetitive prayer and strict observance really pays off.
Humans are the only animal that practices the behavior called religion. All animal behavior comes from personality firmware, which are defined by our genes. This very modern religious aspect of being human, separates humans from the rest of animal behavior.
Leaning a particular religion is connected to the needs of a specific religion. However, the propensity for religion, is natural human and may be due to genetics. Atheism does not appear to have this propensity and therefore appears to have more in common with the rest of the non-human critters.
I would guess that the religion genes are connected to the imagination aspects of the brain; frontal lobe. This is the aspect of the mind that allows will power and choice. Our imagination is not limited to cause and affect and can break away from the natural cause and affect of the genetic based animal instinct. An animal will react to a situation based on their instincts. If we add the human imagination as a wild card, the imagination allows one to read the situation in a subjective way. When we react to the subjective situation, based on instinct, the cause and affect of the reaction is no longer natural; new choice. For example, if I see a wolf, a natural animal reaction may be to seek a defensive position. On the other hand, say I see the same wolf, but instead of seeing a predator, my imagination feels a sense of awe for its beauty. I am not running or hiding, but seeking to approach the wolf like a precious jewel or a beautiful sunset. This is irrational, but my imagination created a new choice that may have no precedent in animal instinct. Say the wolf feels my calm awe for him. He is confused and does not feel threat nor does he sense me as prey. We become friends. I have become a transcendent being. Religions allow people to exercise this very modern part of the human brain, that animals don't have. It is the instinctive feeling of being true to oneself, that perpetuates religion. Atheists may well lack this gene, which could explain why they can't relate to it. This also explains why acting more like an animal is more natural to atheism.
God serves the purpose of exercising this new propensity, since God implies something outside natural reality and our sensory systems. There is is a total detachment from natural instinct; transcendent. The lion will lie with the lamb.
Humans are the only animal or vegetable species that practices the behavior we call religion.
The existence of atheists implies not all humans appear to have this gene.
This gene can't be a regressive gene or else lower life forms would have it. It appears to be a progressive gene, which separates humans into two branches, with one branch having more in common with animals; both lack this gene.
You can't exile people who don't exist.
Babylonian Exile, also called Babylonian Captivity, the forced detention of Jews in Babylonia following the latter's conquest of the kingdom of Judah in 598/7 and 587/6 bc.
Jews did not exist until the exile;