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Voting Liberal? It's in Your Genes

As you get ready to vote, reflect on this: According to new research, liberals may owe their political outlook partly to their genetic make-up, because political ideology is affected not just by social factors, but also by a dopamine receptor gene called DRD4.

When researchers asked 2,000 subjects about their politics, then took blood samples from them, they found that people with a specific variant of the DRD4 gene are more likely to be liberal as adults, but ONLY if they had an active social life as teenagers.

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This story is the usual pile of garbage dressed up as science news.

If "liberals" were driven by a novelty-seeking gene, wouldn't that drive extend to getting to know and hobknobbing with "conservatives"?

Also, what counts as an "active social life" during adolescence? What if, as an adolescent with an active social life, my dad -- a charming member of the SS -- introduces me to all his cultivated and accomplished Nazi pals with their wide variety of tastes in art, music, and culture? Would that predispose me to "liberal" views?

This is just a subtle piece of propaganda meant to make people think that those political-theatrical terms "liberal" and "conservative" have more reality than they do.

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