The God Gene by Dean H. Hamer
How Faith is Hardwired into our Genes

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The overwhelming majority of Americans believe in God; this conviction has existed since the beginning of recorded time and is shared by billions around the world. In The God Gene, Dr. Dean Hamer reveals that this inclination towards religious faith is in good measure due to our genes and may even offer an evolutionary advantage by helping us get through difficulties, reducing stress, preventing disease, and extending life. Popular science at its best, The God Gene is an in-depth, fully accessible inquiry into cutting-edge research that can change the way we see ourselves and the world around us. Written with balance, integrity, and admirable scientific objectivity, this is a book for readers of science and religion alike.


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About Dean H. Hamer

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DR. DEAN HAMER is a preeminent geneticist and author of The Science of Desire, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and Living with Our Genes. Together with his scientific collaborators at the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health, he has authored more than one hundred articles for popular and academic science journals. His television appearances include Good Morning America, Dateline, Oprah, the national news shows, and documentaries for HBO, PBS, and the Discovery Channel. Dr. Hamer received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Ariens Kappers Award for Neurobiology.
 
Published September 27, 2005 by Anchor. 256 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Science & Math, Professional & Technical, History, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Non-fiction

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But although Hamer aspires to a popular audience, he often loses the non–molecular biologist with sentences like: “One cluster of neurons is based in the ventral tegmental area and sends its axons mostly to the forebrain, prefrontal cortex, amygdala, and a special area called the nucleus acumbens...

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This book's title is more rhetorical effect than factual accuracy: Hamer, who discovered the controversial "gay gene" in the 1990s, reports that he has now found a gene that may correlate in some people with their level of spirituality—not with belief in a being we would call God or with the perf...

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