Is Poverty Genetic?

Published on May 14, 2020 by

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The idea that the poor are genetically different from the rich or that men are naturally more intelligent than women may seem laughable but it’s an argument regularly used as a social weapon to stall the advancement of equality and maintain the status quo.

Since the discovery of DNA, the idea that genes are somehow responsible for everything has permeated society. Claims about discoveries of genes for intelligence, poverty and crime offer pseudoscientific explanations for rising rates of inequality and discrimination. But as this film shows, the science underpinning these beliefs has been thoroughly debunked.

From A Dangerous Idea: In The Name of the Gene

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