How Big a Part Did Genes Play in the Gospels?
(Top Posts - Science - 050102)

I recently viewed a science show in which it was shown
that by merely changing a single letter in a single gene
(of a fruit fly), its eye color changed from red to white.

That's not the amazing aspect of the change, the amazing
aspect of the change is that the male fruit flies changed
their behavior, assembling in a parade mating ritual and
circling about as if their primary focus on earth was to
mate with fellow male fruit flies.

A single letter in a single gene caused this change in eye
color -and- radical change in behavior.

When folks are pondering how big a role genes play in
behavior, apart from the recognition that babies born
into muslim cultures are likely to die muslims due to the
stimuli they were exposed to, and babies born into hindu
cultures are likely to die hindus due to the stimuli they
were exposed to, I can't help but wonder why, if the gos-
pels are anything close to a path worth following, if the
gospels are anything close to truth and worth, why are
they oblivious to the role genes play in human behavior?

In essence, dismissal of all stimuli not supportive of the
Jesus of the gospels, -and- ignorant of all genetic factors
at play, -and- unknowledgeable as to the way in which
random activity of the brain (per a recent study) result in
the activity we perceive as decisions, such is the nature
of the gospels.

The gospels, based on the aforementioned factors, and
evidence of historical import, manifestations of mythical
fabrications of humans who had not a clue about their
naturalistic origins/fate in a naturalistic world.

Put another way, genes+stimuli+random brain activity
equals you. Alteration of genes (over which you have no
control), stimuli (over which you have no control) and
random brain activity (over which you have no control)
would equal a different version of you. We are all a result,
not a godlike controlling force. We ask not for our entry
into this world, and should we depart, we are that which
this world has made us.

From all of this, from the conclusion of our naturalistic
fate in a naturalistic world, our destiny is that which
nature has determined it to be ... may we all, each and
every one of us, strive to live as long as is pleasantly
possible, with mutual respect and admiration for the
best within each of us, and with the knowledge that
nature knows not of eternal damnation and torment,
but instead knows of physics and the verity of a state
of being derived therefrom.

A respect for that which is, and a yearning to know
more, therein resides the ultimate fulfillment of human
destiny. Such is the quest of true science, and such
is humankind's fate, unless it is interrupted by acts of
nature or efforts of humans which are deleterious to
the well-meaning advance of human knowledge in a
mysterious world of wonder.