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    Passing memory through DNA....fact or fiction!?

    Is this fact or fiction? And why?


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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Woh23cXbAJE

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    I love the idea on a conceptual level and it sounds quite similar to Jung's idea of the Collective Unconscious. Being able to prove it on an empirical level would, though, be nigh on impossible.
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    I think so.

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    There appears to be some evidence for this

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajc347 View Post
    I love the idea on a conceptual level and it sounds quite similar to Jung's idea of the Collective Unconscious. Being able to prove it on an empirical level would, though, be nigh on impossible.
    Reading up a bit on Jung right now in my diploma mill classes. Collective unconscious sounds nothing like this, rather just human instinct + basic cultural values.
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    The Telegraph (British paper) reported that phobias may be memories passed down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kale View Post
    Reading up a bit on Jung right now in my diploma mill classes. Collective unconscious sounds nothing like this, rather just human instinct + basic cultural values.
    I have to disagree with you there I'm afraid. Jung saw the collective unconscious as a rich source of cultural and psychological motifs as evidenced by his understanding of the archetypal content which makes up the collective unconscious. The following link gives a good summary of how his thoughts on this developed over time:

    https://aras.org/about/what-are-archetypes

    Other authors have sought to take things a stage further by incorporating the idea of the collective unconscious into their theories. An example of this is Sheldrake's Morphic Resonance theory which is detailed in the link below:

    https://www.sheldrake.org/research/m...ve-unconscious

    The key element of both theories are that they allow the idea of collective memory to be positioned outside of an individual being, hence my comment on the similarity of the collective unconscious to the video Finn originally posted. In retrospect, it might have made more sense to have cited Sheldrake's Morphic Resonance theory as an example of similarity as well as the collective unconscious.

    As I've mentioned above, whilst these theories sound appealing on one level, the prospect of being able to prove them empirally is another matter altogether.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Finn View Post
    Is this fact or fiction? And why?


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    I think there is something to this, but I do not think we are talking about memories in the conventional way. Seems to me that extreme trauma that changed the genes in a parent, could subsequently be passed on to the offspring. However, the way this affects the offspring might be very different from how it affected the parent in the first place. I suspect my family has inherited some "changed genes" from a few individuals in our family tree that experienced extreme trauma, such as war, persecution and possibly slavery during the 17-1900's..

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    I've just found the following article which discusses the concept of genetic memory and it has some interesting material in it.

    https://blogs.scientificamerican.com...never-learned/
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    My instinct says it is fiction using their analogy that instincts are genetic memories.
    I totally agree that untutored talent can have a genetic component since a talent does not always get a chance to be expressed. But trauma would be passed down due to the behaviour of the traumatised person not his or her genetic contribution. It could only be proven by a seperated at birth twins experiment. Since considerably fewer babies are being put up for adoption nowadays it seems unlikely to be proven either.
    Given the reputation of the contributors of the nicely put together videos then I suggest that this is an experiment in public gullibility!
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