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  • It no longer surprises us to learn that large patterns emerge from very small impetuses. In fact, in the age of atomic fusion and micro-organic predators, it often seems that the smaller a physical phenomena is, the more powerful and mysterious force it ultimately generates in confluence with the world in the form of large consequences. Geneticists now tell us that there is strong evidence that shows an undeniable intersection between spirit and genetic matter, that is to say, that genes heavily influence the driving and even the more mundane choices we make throughout our lives. Studies of biological twins are allowing double blind nature vs. nurture research in unique ways that challenge the concept of free will in ever more pressing terms.
        While noting that historical humanity has sustained long bloody opposing viewpoints, Nobel physicist Erwin Shrodinger believed that mind by its very nature is singular and one, that consciousness is not confined to separate, individual brains, that is is ultimately a unified field. Another mathematician and cognitive scientist, Dr. David Chalmers, has opined that consciousness is fundamental in the universe, perhaps on a par with matter and energy, and that it is not derived from, nor reducible to, anything else. Thus, as genes exert their influence on how the individual brain functions, processing information, this viewpoint suggests that mind circulates as its own peculiar form of energy amongst man, monument, and consequential time.
        Without resorting to a full spread of case histories and statistics, twin studies have suggested that just as body fat is under genetic influence, so also is religiosity, and surprisingly to a lesser degree, so is sexual orientation. Interestingly, family life and genetic propensity can be equal contributors to an optimistic outlook which affects both mental and physical health. The quality of pessimism however appears largely fixed from the start by the genes.
        What does all this mean for the hard-boiled crusaders of the world? Does this new hardwire information urge us to relax just a little and finally cease the bulk of evangelical and fascistic campaigns which keep our populations in a state of fanaticism and revolt, dissatisfaction and envy? Needless to say, one can hardly presume this outcome of current scientific investigation. Quite the contrary. As numbers are made important so does the commmodities speculation of these numbers by every sort of social engineer inside and outside the ideals business of judging the line-drawn resources and fear-driven consequences to mining destiny still under a microscope. --GT