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Retrieved from ” dils The God gene hypothesis is based on a combination of behavioral genetic, neurobiological and psychological studies. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Zimmer also rios out that the God Gene theory is based on only vean unpublished, unreplicated study. 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.

Hinduism Buddhism Jainism Sikhism Zoroastrianism. 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.

These monoamine transmitters are in turn postulated to play an important role in regulating the brain activities associated with mystic beliefs.

A teeny-tiny pump responsible for packaging a neurotransmitter haemr export during brain activity. 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. Having a gene that could do all that seems pretty unlikely to me.


The research uses the self-transcendence scale developed by psychologist Robert Cloninger to quantify spirituality using three sub-scales: 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.

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hqmer 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. Carl Zimmer claimed that VMAT2 can be characterized as a gene that accounts for less than diks percent of the variance of self-transcendence scores. 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.

Hamer responded that the existence of such a gene would not be incompatible with ven existence of a personal God: Sociobiology Religion and science Behavioural genetics. Views Read Edit View history. 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.

This page was last edited on 25 Aprilat Walter Houston, the chaplain of Mansfield College, Oxfordand a fellow in theologytold the Telegraph: The self-transcendence measure was shown to be heritable by classical twin studies conducted by Lindon Xe and Nicholas Martin.


A search for the genetic basis of spirituality”. Part of a series on God General conceptions. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. You can’t cut faith down to the lowest common denominator of genetic survival.

Archived from the original on October 3, March Learn how and when to remove this template message. Tian Shangdi Hongjun Laozu. Yes, it’s important, and it may even be active and necessary during higher order processing, like religious thought.

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

In dde brain, VMAT2 proteins are located on synaptic vesicles. It shows the poverty of reductionist thinking. But one thing it isn’t is a ‘god gene.