Sunday, May 2, 2010

Evidence for a Genetic Contribution to Religiosity...From Drinking

I ran across this study at the newly discovered and very excellent Epiphenom blog, by a journal-published medical writer who states that he wants "to know why some people believe in gods, and what the psychological and social consequences of those beliefs are." How can that not be a great blog?

The study was a University of Texas twin study that looked at the influence of genetics, family environment, and extra-family environment on age of starting to drink alcohol. They found an effect of religion - or rather, an effect of the twins' shared ability to be influenced by religion. For more clarity I turn it over to the professional technical writer: "What it means is that, in certain cultural contexts, there are genetic factors that predispose you to adopting behaviours that fall under the label 'religion'."

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