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Political DNA: Genetic Differences Between A Liberal And Conservative Brain
Recently Dr. Kenneth Blum and myself were invited by Mike Vasilinda, host of Facing Florida, to join him on his show for a segment titled: "Political DNA: Genetic Differences Between A Liberal And Conservative Brain."

The question Mike presented us with: Is it possible scientists can reduce politics down to the encoding of our DNA; that someone is more likely to born a liberal or a conservative as apposed to developing their own political position through education and personal experiences? The answer is sure to surprise you!

There is a new paradigm in political science that's opening the eyes of politicos around the globe. Mounting scientific evidence suggests that genes may play a role in everything from spirituality to politics and even to love styles. Such is the subject of a peer review paper authored by Dr. Kenneth Blum and myself along with other scientists and doctors. The paper titled: "Neuropsychiatric Genetics of Happiness, Friendships and Politics" is currently under review and expected to be published.


Although the authors acknowledge we have merely have touched the surface of the complex relation between genes and politics, the results of our research converge with other studies and are too substantial to ignore. The paper is a culmination of decades of neuroscience study whereby Dr. Blum and I contend that an individual's genetic make-up will influence a person's political attitudes.


At the core of our findings lies the Reward Gene (DRD2 gene) and two of its variants (A1 and A2); the subject of Dr. Blum's research for over 40 years. The DRD2 receptors are responsible for the mediation of a chemical produced in the brain called dopamine; the primary neurotransmitter of reward and pleasure. Dopamine fires up the reward center and circuits in the brain. It controls among other things our likes, dislikes, impulsive, compulsive and addictive behaviors.


Based on our research and that of James Fowler (University of San Diego) and others what we have come to learn is that an individual's political view varies in accordance with their genotype. We have observed a definite difference in the behaviors and political views of individuals who carry the DRD2 A1 gene (Liberal Gene) vs. those who carry the DRD2 A2 (Conservative Gene). As I stated earlier, this is a very new science. However, below you'll find a chart showing the correlation between genotypes and their associated behaviors.

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The significance of these findings cannot be overstated. The results of these studies are the first to identify a specific gene that may be partly responsible for the tendency to join political groups, and they may help to explain correlation in parent and child partisanship and the persistence of partisan behavior over time.


Just how much influence does our DNA have in our political arena? We explain to you in laymen's terms how the Reward Gene variations influence our social networks, political affiliations as well as general well-being in this interview.

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