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'God gene' discovered by scientist behind gay DNA theory (reader beware)
Telegraph ^ | 11/14/2004 | Elizabeth Day

Posted on 11/13/2004 7:47:12 PM PST by Former Military Chick

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I am rendered speechless.
1 posted on 11/13/2004 7:47:12 PM PST by Former Military Chick
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"...an American molecular geneticist has concluded that a person's capacity to believe in God is linked to brain chemicals."

Hmmmmmmm. And all this time I thought it was faith?

I guess I still do.

2 posted on 11/13/2004 7:48:34 PM PST by CWOJackson
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To: Former Military Chick

Goofy Crap!


3 posted on 11/13/2004 7:49:37 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Former Military Chick

Bull.


4 posted on 11/13/2004 7:50:01 PM PST by Delphinium
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To: Former Military Chick

So does that mean there is an atheist gene too? And what about people who are atheists and later in life become religious? Does this mean they underwent a genetic change? Inquiring minds want to know.


5 posted on 11/13/2004 7:50:25 PM PST by speedy
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To: Former Military Chick

At least this would explain how people believe in crack pot theories outside the mainstream or even rational. They have a hard-wired need to believe.


6 posted on 11/13/2004 7:50:32 PM PST by durasell (Friends are so alarming, My lover's never charming...)
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To: Former Military Chick; little jeremiah; scripter

ping


7 posted on 11/13/2004 7:51:08 PM PST by farmfriend ( In Essentials, Unity...In Non-Essentials, Liberty...In All Things, Charity.)
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To: Former Military Chick

ehhh I have gas....


8 posted on 11/13/2004 7:51:16 PM PST by PhotoFixer3
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To: Former Military Chick

BTTT


9 posted on 11/13/2004 7:51:25 PM PST by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Former Military Chick

WTF?


10 posted on 11/13/2004 7:51:56 PM PST by TommyDale
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To: CWOJackson

Turn it around. Those with an absence of this gene may be predisposed to a reluctance accepting a higher authority than themselves.


11 posted on 11/13/2004 7:52:05 PM PST by Bob J (Rightalk.com...coming soon!)
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To: Former Military Chick
"Buddha, Mohammed and Jesus all shared a series of mystical experiences or alterations in consciousness and thus probably carried the gene," he said.

He forgot the Q.E.D. between the phrases. Or, is that why he used 'thus'?
12 posted on 11/13/2004 7:52:11 PM PST by Mike Fieschko (Did IQs just drop sharply while I was away?)
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To: Former Military Chick

It's amazing the extremes some will go to justify a lifestyle.


13 posted on 11/13/2004 7:52:23 PM PST by Right in Wisconsin
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To: Former Military Chick

Bunk. But can we use it to get special rights? :)


14 posted on 11/13/2004 7:52:24 PM PST by Grig
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To: Former Military Chick
Is Sexual Orientation Fixed at Birth?

"..(1) From Dr. Dean Hamer, the "gay gene" researcher, and himself a gay man:

"Genes are hardware...the data of life's experiences are processed through the sexual software into the circuits of identity. I suspect the sexual software is a mixture of both genes and environment, in much the same way the software of a computer is a mixture of what's installed at the factory and what's added by the user." .."

15 posted on 11/13/2004 7:52:25 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Former Military Chick

Oh, brother. One more kooky theory from the same guy who brought us the gay gene. I think he's got some kind of gene that gives him a stubborn ability to come to bizarre conclusions based on flimsy evidence. He needs a transfusion of common sense.


16 posted on 11/13/2004 7:53:32 PM PST by jim35 (I'll bet Dasshole is Deeply Saddened now!!!)
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To: Former Military Chick

Simple pedigree studies - conducted for centuries past - would have shown this by now if it were true.


17 posted on 11/13/2004 7:53:42 PM PST by SteveMcKing
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To: Former Military Chick

It sounds to me as if there are some people who are making science into a religion.


18 posted on 11/13/2004 7:54:24 PM PST by Paul Atreides
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To: Grig

Ooooo... You may be on to something here!


19 posted on 11/13/2004 7:54:42 PM PST by jim35 (I'll bet Dasshole is Deeply Saddened now!!!)
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To: SteveMcKing

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, WEB
Romans 1:22

The good doctor is a fool.


20 posted on 11/13/2004 7:55:10 PM PST by Santana (Proud aunt of niece serving in Iraq)
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To: Former Military Chick

Why does the liberal media give credence to junk science and reports from unknown leftist groups while ignoring real studies and reports from established conservative thinktanks?


21 posted on 11/13/2004 7:55:22 PM PST by GeronL (http://images7.fotki.com/v125/photos/2/215708/780411/reow-vi.jpg?1100155138)
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To: Former Military Chick
...an American molecular geneticist has concluded that a person's capacity to believe in God is linked to brain chemicals.

So God has been wrong all along to require belief as a condition of salvation!
Hope this molecular genetiscist is there to defend unbelievers on Judgement Day.

22 posted on 11/13/2004 7:55:41 PM PST by Jorge
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To: Former Military Chick

I love how these "scientists" love to talk conclusively about CORRELATIONS. And, their correlations are often arrived at through shoddy, incredibly misleading statistical analyses to boot. There is no causation in this science. There is no control. Yet, its treated as though it were conclusive.


23 posted on 11/13/2004 7:56:42 PM PST by wolf24
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To: speedy

No, an athiest would be "lacking" the God gene.


24 posted on 11/13/2004 7:56:43 PM PST by SouthTexas
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To: Anti-Bubba182

What baloney....


25 posted on 11/13/2004 7:56:59 PM PST by MaryJaneNC
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To: CWOJackson

I thought it was my mom and dad who started me on my path.


26 posted on 11/13/2004 7:57:21 PM PST by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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"The higher their score, the greater a person's ability to believe in a greater spiritual force"

That's not the same as having Spiritual knowledge. Anyone can sit under the stars and say, 'Gee, I'm a part of the universe.'

27 posted on 11/13/2004 7:57:30 PM PST by Eastbound ("Neither a Scrooge nor a Patsy be")
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To: Former Military Chick

I refuse to accept that religious belief, like love, is a condition of the organs. Faith is borne of the will and all humans have it -- free will that is.


28 posted on 11/13/2004 7:57:49 PM PST by StJacques
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To: Former Military Chick
Romans 1:20-23

20 For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.
22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools
23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.

So much for the "God" gene. He is built into every one of us.

29 posted on 11/13/2004 7:58:06 PM PST by mombonn ( íViva Bush/Cheney! Dukakis and Kerry are the matching bookends of the Bush era.)
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ROFL More lunacy from the Left. They're bound and determined to make Homosexuality legitimate orientation rather than choice. Like that evasive "Missing Link," they'll never find it because it isn't there.


30 posted on 11/13/2004 7:59:03 PM PST by ETERNAL WARMING (He is faithful!)
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To: Former Military Chick
Am I in the Twilight Zone?

Am I logged in?
31 posted on 11/13/2004 8:00:07 PM PST by ApesForEvolution ("We trust [RINO-BORKING-ABORTER] Sen. Arlen spRectum's word" - "IF spRectum gets the Chair, IF")
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To: ETERNAL WARMING

You believe homosexuality is a choice? Why would someone choose a lifestyle that makes their lives markedly more difficult?


32 posted on 11/13/2004 8:00:16 PM PST by durasell (Friends are so alarming, My lover's never charming...)
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To: Former Military Chick

And here it was because I thought my soul might be in jeopardy! Silly me!


33 posted on 11/13/2004 8:01:09 PM PST by WestVirginiaRebel (George W. Bush IS the right man, in the right place, at the right time.)
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To: speedy

There were many studies conducted in the 1960's (before IRB oversight, by the way) which used classical conditioning methods to successfully turn gay men straight. I won't go into details but think induced vomiting. And, these were studies that demonstrated scientific control.


34 posted on 11/13/2004 8:01:17 PM PST by wolf24
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To: Former Military Chick

A pseudo-scientist who likes to see her name in print. Her work is flawed, and the results are also.


35 posted on 11/13/2004 8:02:02 PM PST by airborne (God bless and keep our fallen heroes.)
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To: airborne

her work = his work


36 posted on 11/13/2004 8:03:24 PM PST by airborne (God bless and keep our fallen heroes.)
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To: mombonn

Amen. My sentiments and thoughts, exactly. They are fools and will have to account for it.


37 posted on 11/13/2004 8:04:41 PM PST by Santana (Proud aunt of niece serving in Iraq)
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To: Former Military Chick
I'm pretty sure John Kerry successfully demonstrates that there is an

"I am God gene"
40 posted on 11/13/2004 8:05:46 PM PST by Boiler Plate
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Looks like you and I had the same thought at about the same time. Romans 1 certainly does debunk a LOT of arguments.


41 posted on 11/13/2004 8:06:17 PM PST by mombonn ( íViva Bush/Cheney! Dukakis and Kerry are the matching bookends of the Bush era.)
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To: speedy

Since the vast majority of people profess a belief in God, does that mean that people who do not are defective?


42 posted on 11/13/2004 8:06:38 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (God is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: airborne

Dr. Dean Hamer was born in Montclair, N.J. He received his B.A. from Trinity College, Connecticut and his Ph.D. from Harvard Medical School . He has worked at the National Institutes of Health for 24 years, where he is currently the Chief of the Section on Gene Structure and Regulation in the Laboratory of Biochemistry of the National Cancer Institute.


43 posted on 11/13/2004 8:07:22 PM PST by durasell (Friends are so alarming, My lover's never charming...)
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BS ...... pure BS....


44 posted on 11/13/2004 8:08:17 PM PST by Gibtx (Pajamahadien call to arms.....)
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To: durasell

Not everyone chooses the path of least resistance. People have died for causes for thousands of years when it would have been easier to choose an easier lifestyle. That said, not all hard paths are equal. Nor do they lead to the same place...


45 posted on 11/13/2004 8:08:23 PM PST by LearnsFromMistakes (Iowa - back home in the red.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

I think you may be on to something. Perhaps, thanks to this study, atheism may be categorized as a disease. Of course, that would give them victim status. Hmmm -- maybe we shouldn't go there.


46 posted on 11/13/2004 8:09:40 PM PST by speedy
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To: LearnsFromMistakes

No, but I have gay friends who have confided in me that it isn't a choice. And that all things being equal, they would rather not be gay.


48 posted on 11/13/2004 8:10:18 PM PST by durasell (Friends are so alarming, My lover's never charming...)
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To: Former Military Chick
Hamer's got an agenda. He couldn't find the "gay gene" so now it's onward to the "God gene". He's not a good scientist, because he has his own personal problems that skew his research. The God Gene (New book by Dr. Dean Hamer)(He failed to find the "Gay Gene").
49 posted on 11/13/2004 8:11:18 PM PST by xJones
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To: Former Military Chick

Indeed there may be a religious gene, "For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His son...and those He predestined He also called; those He called, He also justified; those He justified He also glorified." Romans 8:29-30


50 posted on 11/13/2004 8:11:54 PM PST by Vor Lady
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