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Episode 21 (Society): Can my genetics make me a Warrior?

Episode 21 (Society): Can my genetics make me a Warrior?

“Spartans! What is your profession?!!” Is there a gene that predisposes us to a warrior mindset? Maybe. Have you heard of the ‘Warrior Gene’? The name is catchy, yet the gene is only carried by a small portion of the male population and it must be activated by an environmental or external factor. Studies are inconclusive as to what the true effect of the gene is and if it is linked to criminal activity. However, criminal activity can never be boiled down to a particular gene that might be linked to criminal activity; the environment in which one grows up is far more predictive of adult criminal activity. Professor Ben explores these topics, along with a general assessment of the terms ‘warrior’ and ‘hero’ in our culture, in this Podcast designed to encourage you to critically think about catchy terms tossed around in the media.