1) A review of the God Gene and the Spirit Molecule.
A) From Wikipedia
Main article: God gene
B) From: Q4LTGeneticist Dean Hamer has suggested that a particular allele of the VMAT2 gene correlates with spirituality using data from a smoking survey, which included questions intended to measure "self-transcendence". Hamer performed the spirituality study on the side, independently of the National Cancer Institute smoking study. His findings were published in the mass-market book The God Gene: How Faith Is Hard-Wired Into Our Genes. Hamer himself notes that VMAT2 plays at most a minor role in influencing spirituality. Furthermore, Hamer's claim that the VMAT2 gene contributes to spirituality is controversial. Hamer's study has not been published in a peer reviewed journal and a reanalysis of the correlation demonstrates that it is not statistically significant.
The vesicular monoamine transporter 2 (VMAT2) also known as solute carrier family 18 member 2 (SLC18A2) is a protein that in humans is encoded by the SLC18A2 gene. VMAT2 is an integral membrane protein that transports monoamines???particularly neurotransmitters such as dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin, and histamine???from cellular cytosol into synaptic vesicles. In nigrostriatal pathway and mesolimbic pathway dopamine-releasing neurons, VMAT2 function is also necessary for the vesicular release of the neurotransmitter GABA.
September 20, 2015
The ???God??? Gene Meets the ???Spirit??? Molecule?
2) The spirit moleculeDr. Dean Hamer from the National Cancer Institute published a book in 2005 titled ???The God Gene: How Faith Is Hardwired into Our Genes???. In this book he identifies a specific gene named ???VMAT2??? as predisposing humans to spiritual/mystical beliefs and experiences.
The Wiki summary of the ???God??? gene rationale is as follows:
???The God gene hypothesis is based on a combination of behavioral genetic, neurobiological and psychological studies. The major arguments of the hypothesis are: (1) spirituality can be quantified by psychometric measurements; (2) the underlying tendency to spirituality is partially heritable; (3) part of this heritability can be attributed to the gene VMAT2; (4) this gene acts by altering monoamine levels; and (5) spiritual individuals are favored by natural selection because they are provided with an innate sense of optimism, the latter producing positive effects at either a physical or psychological level.???
The theory that the brain produces its own psychedelic compound provokes pop-culture enthusiasm and scientific controversy.
By Graham St John
Generating controversy, some began to propose that this powerful psychedelic drug could be produced by the human body (and indeed the brain) in sufficient quantities to enable a natural psychedelic experience. The conjecture that we could produce enough of our own, endogenous DMT to induce altered states of consciousness without ingesting any chemical compound generated enthusiasm, and these unproven claims departed the clinic to lead independent lives in popular culture at large.
For those who wish to go down this psychadelic rabbit hole and learn more about the spirit molecule, I recommend the following, https://aeon.co/essays/could-the-brain- ... c-compoundSpeculation on the psychedelic efficacy of the pineal has reawakened interest in the organ. People have championed the capacity of the pineal to arouse previously dormant powers of perception, especially those associated with vision: clairvoyance, seeing auras, and being awakened to information from other dimensions. Appealing to spiritual practitioners, parapsychologists and filmmakers alike, the readouts from Strassman???s study impressed those eager for neurochemical explanations of extrasensory abilities and extraordinary states of consciousness.
Also, from Wikipedia:
Given the paltry results of the above science, I am much more inclined to look at the work of Penrose and Hameroff as a means to bridge the gap between the physical and conscious aspects of humans and that of the spiritual dimensions. The research points in the direction of cellular microtubules, acting as mini-quantum computer with a modus operandi of quantum entanglement, being an inter-phase between us and God.N,N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT or N,N-DMT) is a tryptamine molecule which occurs in many plants and animals. It can be consumed as a powerful psychedelic drug and has historically been prepared by various cultures for ritual and healing purposes. Rick Strassman labeled it "the spirit molecule". In most countries, DMT is illegal.
DMT has a relatively short duration of action, intense effects and rapid onset. For that reason, DMT was known as the "businessman's trip" during the 1960s in the United States, as a user could access the full depth of a psychedelic experience in considerably less time than with other substances such as LSD or magic mushrooms. DMT can be inhaled, injected, or orally ingested, and its effects depend on the dose. When inhaled or injected, the effects last a short period of time: about 5 to 15 minutes. Effects can last 3 hours or more when orally ingested along with an MAOI, such as the ayahuasca vine in the traditional ayahuasca brew of many native Amazonian tribes. DMT can produce vivid mystical experiences involving euphoria and dynamic hallucinations of geometric forms, higher intelligences, extraterrestrials, elves, and God.
Throughout human history there has always been barriers thought to be impassable. Perhaps the concept that we will never understand God is about to fall.