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Eshlemon
02-06-2008, 04:55 PM
Political Views May Be Genetically Influenced, Twin Study Shows (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/02/080206091437.htm)


ScienceDaily (Feb. 6, 2008) — Research by Rice University professor of political science John Alford indicates that what is on one's mind about politics may be influenced by how people are wired genetically.

Alford, who has researched this topic for a number of years, and his team analyzed data from political opinions of more than 12,000 twins in the United States and supplemented it with findings from twins in Australia. Alford found that identical twins were more likely to agree on political issues than were fraternal twins.


Alford believes that political scientists are too quick to dismiss genetics; rather, he believes genetics should be studied and taught along with social-environment influences.

"It has been proven that genetics plays a role in a myriad of different human interaction and makeup," said Alford. "Why should we exclude political beliefs and attitudes?"

Finally putting "real" science into poltical science. Given the advances in genetics, someday the doctor might ask "Do you want a blue or red baby?".

Dolphan7
02-06-2008, 08:13 PM
Is there a dumb gene, cause this guy just might have it.

JT#1
02-07-2008, 08:26 PM
Is there a dumb gene, cause this guy just might have it.
well..technically there probably is

late again
02-09-2008, 01:20 AM
Is there a dumb gene, cause this guy just might have it.

How about the Capt Obvious discovery that "An astounding 4/5 of identical twins shared the same opinion.......on the issue of property taxes".
....and maybe damn near everything else?

Mike13
02-14-2008, 01:47 PM
"Cure AIDS?", "Nah, lets treat ED and determine if political affilations are somehow encoded in our genes"

FINintheMOON
02-14-2008, 09:26 PM
Shouldn't this thread be in the Political Forum?

finswin56
02-14-2008, 09:57 PM
Shouldn't this thread be in the Political Forum?So far it's okay here. The initial subject is science in nature. Hopefully, it stays that way.

Mbs3009
02-14-2008, 10:20 PM
I don't buy it. Both of my parents were New Deal Democrats, and I came out about as right wing as you could be.

FINintheMOON
02-14-2008, 11:00 PM
So far it's okay here. The initial subject is science in nature. Hopefully, it stays that way.

So do I but based on the last posts... It is taking a turn for the worse...:boohoo:

Dolphin39
02-15-2008, 02:00 AM
I don't buy it. Both of my parents were New Deal Democrats, and I came out about as right wing as you could be.

You're one of the lucky ones! Good for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :up:

DolFan31
02-18-2008, 02:04 PM
I concur that genes dont really tell the whole story. My grandmother was a big influence on me, she was a tow-the-party-line Democrat, as is her daughter, my aunt. But, my grandfather(one she was once married to) is a staunch conservative, as is her brother. My parents were apolitical, but I would say they would be moderate. My grandmother on my moms side is pretty old school, southern(pro-segregationist) conservative Republican(who plans on voting for Hillary, actually). I would say my family is made up of what we would consider today to be conservative democrats and liberal republicans(all my conservative relatives are actually anti-religion).

I describe myself as a liberal-socialist-democrat, probably the most left-leaning member of my family.