Free Will? Research Shows Political Orientation May be Genetic

This study may have interesting implications implications both biologically and philosophically.  It has been argued that free will doesn’t exist because we are a product of our enculturation and our ability to make choices independently is difficult.  If it ultimately a reflection of our biology our predisposition for risk taking or fear of unknown situations may be in our genes. – carlos

New Research Confirms that Behavior Is Genetic

A3P News Team | October 28, 2010 | Comments (6)

 

New research, widely reported as the discovery of a “liberal gene,” has in fact proven that behavior is genetic after all, just like the proponents of race realism have said all along.

The report, published by James H. Fowler, a professor in medical genetics and political science at the University of California, San Diego, concluded that a gene called DRD4 predisposes people to certain political views.

“The way openness is measured, it’s really about receptivity to different lifestyles, for example, or different norms or customs,” Professor Fowler told one news outlet.

“We hypothesize that individuals with a genetic predisposition toward seeking out new experiences [a measure of openness] will tend to be more liberal,” he said, adding that this “isn’t a typical gene association study” but a “combination of genes and environment that matter.”

The paper, which appeared in the latest edition of the Journal of Politics, was based on research carried out on 2,000 subjects from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.

The research matched genetic information with maps of each individual’s social network, and proved that people with a specific variant of the DRD4 gene were more likely to be liberal as adults, though only if they had an active adolescent social life.

Professor Fowler was asked by the news outlet if this meant that “a liberal ideology is genetic, or at least partly genetic; does that mean it runs in the family — and can be passed on to your kids?”

“No doubt about it,” Professor Fowler was quoted as saying. “In fact, psychologists have asserted for many years that social conservatism is heritable,” the paper notes.  “Ideology is about 40 percent heritable. It’s almost half genes and half environment,” Professor Fowler said.

Although the report was treated in many media reports as somewhat of a joke, with puns being made on the “liberal gene” theme, the reality behind the concept is valid.

Human behavior is determined by activity within the brain. All thoughts, sensations, emotions, and, of course, behavior, are the result of major chemical reactions in the human brain, with the most important “carrier” of these chemical signals” being known as neurotransmitters.

The three most important neurotransmitters are serotonin, norepinephrine, and acetylcholine. Most of the 35 or more neurotransmitters are made from amino acids derived from dietary protein.

Ultimately, all humans are the product of their inherited genes, and this will include the physical structure and chemical makeup of their brains, which are merely part of that physical inheritance.

It is, therefore, not farfetched in the slightest to conclude that behavior, as represented in chemical reactions and genes, is also inherited, as postulated by Professor Fowler’s paper.

The conclusion can then be drawn that other behaviorial patterns are equally inherited. This would explain, for example, high crime rates amongst nonwhites and blacks in particular even when all socioeconomic factors have been equalized, or high Asian academic performance.

The linking of genetics to behavior is, therefore, another advance in the science of DNA which proves once again that the race realists have been right all along.

The argument has been won. Now it is our duty to make sure that society and our political system comes into accord with the scientific reality.

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About carlos

I'm a curious person, of reasonable intellect, "on the beach" (retired) and enjoying my interest in anthropology, language, civil rights, and a few other areas. I've been a hippie/student/aerospace tech writer in the '60s, a witness to the Portuguese revolution in the ‘70s, a defense test engineer and witness to the Guatemalan genocide in the '80s, and a network engineer for an ISP in the '90s. Now I’m a student and commentator until my time is up. I've spent time under the spell of the Mesoamerican pyramids and the sweet sound of the Portuguese language. I've lived in Europe, traveled in Brazil, Central America, Iceland, New Zealand, and other places. My preferred mode of travel is with a backpack and I eat (almost) anything local. Somehow, many of the countries I have been to have had civil unrest (for which I was not responsible). I'm open to correspond with anyone who might share my liberal, humanist interests. I live in San Buenaventura, California.
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