You won't find a GWAS here, but this New York Times piece on the "God gene" and how it evolved is bound to get conversation going about religion and science. "Religion has the hallmarks of an evolved behavior, meaning that it exists because it was favored by natural selection," writes Nick Wade. He covers why the evolution of a God gene would be difficult to swallow both for proponents and opponents of religion before positing that perhaps the "evolutionary perspective on religion" could "become the basis for some kind of detente between religion and science." He writes, "Biologists and many atheists have a lot of respect for evolution and its workings, and if they regarded religious behavior as an evolved instinct they might see religion more favorably, or at least recognize its constructive roles."
Any Chance for God Gene Homologs in Model Orgs?
Nov 17, 2009