In our in-depth piece about James Fallon’s life and work, we discussed warrior genes – genes which, when represented in certain variants, are associated with violence – as well as the version of the Monoamine Oxidase A (MAOA) gene which, because it was the first such gene discovered, is frequently referred to as “the Warrior Gene.” It seems the warrior gene idea is gaining some traction in public discussion.
One reason for this traction is the National Geographic channel’s documentary “Born to Rage,” which features musician Henry Rollins and focuses on this topic.
I recently came across another related resource regarding warrior genes.
The website TheWarriorGene.com not only spreads awareness regarding the MAOA “Warrior Gene” and the National Geographic channel documentary, but it also encourages and facilitates people in getting tested themselves for the presence of that gene variant.
This is a very interesting example of what may become a growing phenomenon that really brings ponerology directly to the surface in people’s day-to-day lives. Consumer genetic testing is already becoming significantly more popular. Awareness of conscience-, empathy- and impulse control-reducing conditions is increasing in parallel. These two streams meet in the idea of specifically testing for genetic variants related to violence and aggression. And, if such testing spreads, it may really help bring the role of ponerology in our world home to people.
If you or someone you know would like to get tested to see if you have “the Warrior Gene” just click below:
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