Friday, October 29, 2010
The Liberal Gene
Apparently there is one.
"A new study has concluded that ideology is not just a social thing; it's built into the DNA, borne along by a gene called DRD4. Tagged "the liberal gene," DRD4 is the first specific bit of human DNA that predisposes people to certain political views, the study's authors claim.
So if 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, the authors say.
"In fact, psychologists have asserted for many years that social conservatism is heritable," the paper notes. Fowler cites twin studies comparing fraternal and identical twins that have pinpointed exactly how much liberal ideology can be passed along.
"Ideology is about 40 percent heritable. It's almost half genes and half environment," Fowler told FoxNews.com. What's more, he said, any trait that can be inherited has potentially been with the human race for a long time, meaning political ideology has been a part of us for tens of millions of years..." (SOURCE)
So, obviously, the next step is gene selection...and subsequent eradication of DRD4. ;)
Seriously though, this makes two of my brothers and anomaly. Two Conservative parents which raised them in a very Conservative household...YET, both flaming libs...I should submit then for study so the phenomenon doesn't ever repeat itself...