UCSD Researches Brain Damage, Now Discovers “Liberal Gene”   1 comment

Let’s link the brain damage article first, as a segue into the so-called “liberal gene.”
has the story, forcing me to recall what I know about genetics . What I do understand is that genes do not predetermine a behavior, but can possibly predispose a person to be more susceptible to a condition, apparently even a condition as severe as political liberalism. Researches say the DRD4 gene makes adults more likely to be liberal. And it’s pretty interesting what they say activates the liberal gene.

“The subjects were only more likely to have leanings to the left if they were also socially active during adolescence.”

Unless thorough background checks were performed, I suspect that the liberal gene is equally likely to be activated in adults who merely say or think they were socially active during adolescence. Even if nobody actually liked them. And maybe people who think they were cool in high school are more likely to be liberal and we get this circular argument going.

I suppose the implication of a liberal gene being activated by an animated social life is that conservatives just didn’t have any friends in school. Who says science isn’t political? So if you think you have the liberal gene, for whatever reason, and you weren’t a loser in high school, then you must be a liberal! Of course! Science and genetics carry the day once again.

In any case, UCSD furthers its research in genetic diseases.


Additional Source: Scientists Find ‘Liberal Gene’ | NBC San Diego

Posted October 28, 2010 by Wada in UCSD

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  1. give me now

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