Do Our Genes Determine Our Political Leanings?

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    I have always wondered just why I have chosen to have few friends while in school and in adulthood. My best friends were always one in a pack of acquaintances, while I chose only one or two to be good friends with. That continues to this day, as I prefer only one friend or just myself. I guess [and of course there are exceptions], if there is anything to this article, it is because I am a Conservative.

    "A friend to many is a friend to none?"

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    "It is the crucial interaction of two factors -- the genetic predisposition and the environmental condition of having many friends in adolescence -- that is associated with being more liberal,” according to the study.


    Scientists Find 'Liberal Gene' | NBC San Diego
     
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    there are conservative genes as well.

    A many year long study proved that whiney children grow up to be republicans.
     
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    I wasn't allowed to whine. I was told to shut up.
    My name is masquerade and I'm a conservative.
     
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    If our genes determine everything, then we determine nothing.
     
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    I wasn't allowed to either. :) The article does mention Conservatives, but not many will read it before responding obviously..lol. It is a short article for those with limited attention spans such as myself...:lol:
     
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    It makes sense that people who know how to be friendly with more than just one or two people are more liberal minded.


    They are more likely able to see the other guys point of view.


    I was not one of these people for sure.

    I had few friends in high school.

    I worked and hung out with older friends away from high school.
     
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    I like to go with my genes rather than against. I inherited many that I approve of...
     
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    In my opinion, genetics do not play a role in political ideology. For the scientists to suggest that a subjective ideological belief is found in one's genes, is laughable (in a bad way).
     
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    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/07/us/07block.html?_r=1

    The man did the study and there are always those who refuse science





    One of Professor Block’s studies drew particular notice in the news media. Published in The Journal of Research in Personality in 2006, it found that subjects who at 3 years old had seemed thin-skinned, rigid, inhibited and vulnerable tended at 23 to be political conservatives. On the other hand, 3-year-olds characterized as self-reliant, energetic, somewhat dominating and resilient were inclined to become liberals.

    Pundits’ responses to the study ranged from enthusiastic approval to caustic dismissal, depending on the politics of the critic
     
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    Our genes may determine how we react to certain things, but they can not determine what we experience.
     

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