New research reported in this article from CNN Health draws a connection between our genes and how we think politically.

By pinpointing certain genes in the human body, scientists can predict parts of a person’s political ideology.  Some people are naturally groupish, others not so much. Some people are sexually free, others sexually repressed.

Some part of these differences is from rearing and culture, but massive variation exists even within the same household. One’s overall genetic disposition has some role in the formation of one’s psychological architecture,” notes Peter K. Hatemi, associate professor of political science and microbiology at Penn State University, as well as a research fellow at the USSC-University of Sydney and the primary investigator of the study.

Hard to argue with his conclusions:

“Rather than people on opposing sides of the political fence yelling at each about who is right, or trying to show or convince the other is wrong, maybe this research can help the public and policy makers recognize that people see the same thing differently, and at times no amount of yelling or ‘proof’ will sway them.”

This realization also supports an integral posture that sees, respects, appreciates and accommodates the deep differences between us.