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The "God gene"
November 28, 2006
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Type into your browser, God gene....it should bring up an article from TIME 2004. It is also in Women's Health magazine that I have not read...

Thoughts anyone? I have read it partially, but so far it makes sense.

November 28, 2006
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Hi OMW,

It's been a while.

I haven't read the book, just some reviews--it sounds interesting.

It reminds me of a study I once thought of doing about the hormonal basis of religious faith. 🙂

So what's happening with you these days?

November 29, 2006
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Hi WD,

Just plugging along. Have been very ill, but am making a strong come back, and feeling much better.

Hmmm, the 'hormonal basis of religious faith'...very intriguing!

I guess experiments were actually conducted with some people, and 50% of the population are said to have this particular 'gene'...but probably still in the experimental stages. Thought it would be a good discussion here...but I see that you are the only one who responded so far.

Hope you are doing ok. What's new?

November 29, 2006
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Hi OMW,

Well we have had a lot of God-related controversy here lately. And I say one good controversy deserves another.

So...now that they've discovered a genetic basis for religious faith, I suppose it's only a matter of time before they discover a cure...maybe even a vaccine. 🙂

November 29, 2006
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Very original, and ya never know! Too funny!

November 30, 2006
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Of course, there is a contrairwise approach to that same issue.

The God gene might also be crucial factor contributing to social behaviors like Maternal Nurturing and what is that morew general behavior, what is it, that annoying thing called...ph, yes...ALTRUISM!

Cleverness in the service of selfishness only goes so far in increasing the darwinian fitness of an animal. Higher animals, from shrews on up (yes, dogs and prarie dogs and mice and rats and dolphins too) to Human Beings have gotten to their current comfortable status not by being incredibly clever with our selfishness, buy also by having a sense of self-trancendence, an ability to visualize and value systems OUTSIDE of our individual brains, bodies and lives.

A socialized animal is most often more fit (as far as natural selection is concerned) than an equally clever asocial or antisocial animal. (Exceptins discussed later.)

Therefore, the discovery of the "God Gene" might also pave the way towards psychiatric, psychopharmicological, and genetic treatments that *enhance* the functioning of that gene.

What I am getting at is that the "God Gene" might be and probably is a key gene in that complex of genes that might be summarized as a trait called : the "Don't beat your wife and children and rape and steal and murder as fast as you can because why the hell not" gene complex.

Now that we have discovered the gene, we might be able to work on therapies, vaccines, maybe even a cure for the illnesses that are a result of weak or inadequate functioning of the "God Gene."

Jeez, think of it: We might be able to develop a simple vaccine that prevents Eternal Damnation.

I mean, if there is a such a thing as eternal damnation, I think we ought to develop a vaccine against it.

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Yours, in eternity,

WD

December 4, 2006
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Thanks for your reply and thoughts WD. Too much going on in the personal realm right now for me to respond. It just 'ain't' there.

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