[ExI] Liberal gene? [WAS Re: Physics versus psychology]

Richard Loosemore rpwl at lightlink.com
Fri Oct 29 17:20:19 UTC 2010

BillK wrote:
> One of these nit-picking scientist types has spoiled all the fun, But
> there are loads of nice 'science' jokes int he comments.  :)
> <http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tomchivers/100048355/is-the-liberal-gene-nonsense-no-but-the-jokes-on-the-subject-are/>
> Quotes:
> [snip]
> Doctors have said that at some point in the near future testing can be
> done on a fetus to alert parents if their child is a carrier. Liberal
> politicians worry that testing children in the womb for the liberal
> gene may result in a decrease of their voter base through an increase
> of abortions of liberal babies. Democrats in Congress are taking steps
> to pre-emptively outlaw abortion nationwide.

The funny part is, that the best explanation for how this 
"novelty-seeking" gene actually causes a tendency to be "Liberal", is 
via a predisposition to be exploratory, fact-gathering, observant, 
intelligent, open to a broad range of ideas, etc etc etc.

It's not looking good for the folks who lack DRD4-7R...   :-)

Richard Loosemore

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