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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. In the brain, VMAT2 proteins are located on synaptic vesicles.

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Carl Zimmer claimed that VMAT2 can be characterized as a gene that accounts for less than one percent of the variance of self-transcendence scores. Tian Shangdi Hongjun Laozu. The God gene hypothesis is based on a combination of behavioral genetic, neurobiological and psychological studies.

How Faith is Hardwired into our Genes. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. March Learn how and when to remove this hamwr message.


You can’t cut faith down to the lowest common denominator ed genetic survival. Walter Houston, the chaplain of Mansfield College, Oxfordand a fellow in theologytold the Telegraph: Retrieved from ” https: Hamer responded that the existence of such a gene would not be incompatible with the existence of a personal God: Cloninger suggests that taken together, these measurements are a reasonable way to quantify make measurable an individual’s propensity to spiritual.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. This page was last edited on 25 Aprilat xean It shows the poverty of reductionist thinking. This article needs additional citations for verification.

Zimmer also points out that the God Gene theory is based on only one unpublished, unreplicated study. 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. A search for the genetic basis of spirituality”.

The self-transcendence measure was shown to be heritable by classical twin studies conducted by Lindon Eaves and Nicholas Martin. According to the God Gene hypothesis, spirituality has a genetic component, of which VMAT2 comprises one component by contributing to sensations associated with mystic dils, including the presence of God and feelings of connection to a larger universe.

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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. Webarchive template wayback links Articles needing additional references from March All articles needing additional references. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.


By haer, specific religious beliefs such as belief in a particular deity were found to have no genetic basis and are instead cultural units or memes.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. A teeny-tiny pump responsible for packaging a neurotransmitter for export during brain activity.

Archived from the original on October 3, VMAT2 codes for a vesicular monoamine transporter that plays a key role in regulating the levels of the brain chemicals serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. Yes, it’s important, and it may even be active and necessary during higher order processing, like religious thought.

Similar conclusions were drawn from studies of identical twins reared apart. Having a gene that could hqmer all that seems pretty vios to me. Part of a series on God General conceptions.

Hinduism Buddhism Jainism Sikhism Zoroastrianism. The research uses the self-transcendence scale developed by psychologist Robert Cloninger to quantify spirituality using three sub-scales: VMAT2 transports monoamine neurotransmitters from the cytosol of monoamine neurons into vesicles.

These monoamine transmitters are in turn postulated to play an important role in regulating the brain activities associated with mystic beliefs. Views Read Edit View history. Ddan one thing it isn’t is a ‘god gene.