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Zimmer also points out that the God Gene theory is based on only one unpublished, unreplicated study. In the brain, VMAT2 proteins are located on synaptic vesicles. 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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Retrieved from ” https: Part of a series on God General conceptions. 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.


This article needs additional citations for verification. The research uses eo self-transcendence scale developed by psychologist Robert Cloninger to quantify spirituality using three sub-scales: Webarchive template wayback links Articles needing additional references from March Dw articles needing additional references.

It shows the poverty of reductionist thinking. You can’t cut faith down to the lowest common denominator of genetic survival. But one thing it isn’t is a ‘god gene.

March Learn how and when to remove this template message. 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.

Walter Houston, the chaplain of Mansfield College, Oxfordand a fellow in theologytold the Telegraph: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Tian Shangdi Hongjun Laozu.

The God gene hypothesis is based on a combination of behavioral genetic, neurobiological and psychological studies. The self-transcendence measure was shown to be heritable by classical twin studies conducted by Lindon Eaves and Nicholas Martin.

A teeny-tiny pump responsible for packaging a neurotransmitter for export during brain activity. This page was last edited on 25 Aprilat Views Read Edit View history. Cloninger suggests that taken together, these measurements are a reasonable way to quantify make measurable an individual’s propensity to spiritual. Similar conclusions were drawn from studies of identical twins reared apart.


These monoamine transmitters are in turn postulated to play an important role in regulating the brain activities associated with mystic beliefs. How Faith is Hardwired into our Genes. 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. Sociobiology Religion and science Behavioural genetics.

Having a gene that could do all that seems pretty unlikely to me. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Hamer responded that the existence of such a gene would not be incompatible with the existence of a personal God: Yes, it’s important, and it may even be active and necessary during higher order processing, like religious thought. Hinduism Buddhism Jainism Sikhism Zoroastrianism.

Archived from the original on October 3, VMAT2 transports monoamine neurotransmitters from the cytosol of monoamine neurons into vesicles. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

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