Political Genes

I previously blogged about a new overview of how genetics influences political opinions; now The Economist has a piece on the same subject:

Slowly, and in some quarters grudgingly, the influence of genes in shaping political outlook and behaviour is being recognised …

There are, to repeat, no genes for socialism or conservatism, or for prejudice or tolerance, any more than there are genes for Christianity or Islam. But a person’s genes can sometimes propel him more easily in one direction than another. His free will is, if you like, a little freer to turn right than left, or vice versa.

Worth recalling that genes account for more than half the variance in political knowledge, up to half the variance in political opinions, and almost none of the variance in party identification.

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