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Yes, it’s important, and it may even be active and necessary during higher order processing, like diow thought. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. You can’t cut faith down to the lowest common denominator of genetic survival. Hamer hypothesized that self-transcendence might provide an evolutionary advantage by providing human beings with an innate sense of optimism that gives people the will to keep on living and procreating, despite the inevitability of death, and promoting better health and recovery from diseases.

Zimmer also points out that the God Gene theory is based on only one unpublished, unreplicated study. But one thing it isn’t le a ‘god gene.

Similar conclusions were drawn from studies of identical twins reared apart. Webarchive template wayback links Articles needing additional references from March All articles needing additional references.

How Faith is Hardwired into our Genes. Cloninger suggests that taken together, these measurements are a reasonable way to quantify make measurable an individual’s propensity to spiritual.


Hamer responded that the existence of such a gene would not be incompatible with the existence of a personal God: The God gene hypothesis is based on a combination of behavioral genetic, neurobiological and psychological studies. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

Retrieved from ” https: The research uses the self-transcendence scale developed by psychologist Robert Cloninger to quantify spirituality using three sub-scales: Archived from the original on October 3, This article needs additional citations for verification.

These monoamine transmitters are in turn postulated to play an important role in regulating the brain activities associated with mystic beliefs. Having a gene that could do all that seems pretty unlikely to me.

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Carl Zimmer claimed that VMAT2 can be characterized as a gene that accounts dioos less than one percent of the variance of self-transcendence scores. Walter Houston, the chaplain of Mansfield College, Oxfordand a fellow in theologytold the Telegraph: A teeny-tiny pump responsible for packaging a neurotransmitter for export during brain activity.

The God gene hypothesis proposes that human spirituality is influenced by heredity and that a specific genecalled vesicular monoamine transporter 2 VMAT2predisposes humans towards spiritual or mystic experiences. Hinduism Buddhism Jainism Sikhism Zoroastrianism.

This page was last edited on 25 Aprilat By contrast, specific religious beliefs such as belief in a particular deity were found to have no genetic basis and are instead cultural units or memes. According to the God Gene hypothesis, spirituality has a genetic component, of which VMAT2 comprises one component by contributing to sensations associated with mystic experiences, including the presence of God and feelings of connection to a larger universe.

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A search for the genetic basis of spirituality”. It shows the poverty of reductionist thinking. The self-transcendence measure was shown to be heritable by classical twin studies conducted by Lindon Eaves and Nicholas Martin.

VMAT2 codes haer a vesicular monoamine transporter that plays a key role in regulating the levels of the brain diks serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. VMAT2 transports monoamine neurotransmitters from the cytosol of monoamine neurons into vesicles.

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Views Read Edit View history. In order to identify some of the specific genes involved in self-transcendence, Hamer analyzed DNA and personality score data from over 1, individuals and identified one particular locus, VMAT2, with a significant correlation.

In the brain, VMAT2 proteins are located on synaptic vesicles. Sociobiology Gfn and science Behavioural genetics. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Tian Shangdi Hongjun Laozu. March Learn how and when to remove this template message. Part of a series on God General conceptions.