Inherited Memories?

I ran across an interesting video on Facebook recently, about research that suggests certain memories (or at least phobias or fears) can be passed from one generation to the next through one’s DNA. 

Here’s a video that, if you’ll be patient with the hosts, actually does explain the study in a clear, straightforward way:



People have talked for a long time about “racial memory” or even (to put a spiritual twist to it) “ancestral curses.” Could it be there’s an evolutionary adaptation at work here, that might make some aspect of the idea true?

Lots more study needs to be done, before we can say for sure. but it might very helpfully inform the treatment of fears, phobias, PTSD, depression, and a host of related maladies that currently have a lot of us stumped.

VIDEO: Many thanks to The Mind Unleashed and D News, for this video. And to my friend Lynette M. Burrows, for calling my attention to it in the first place.

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Kansas City-based Jan S. Gephardt is a writer, artist, and teacher. She makes nationally-recognized paper sculpture and writes sf mystery novels about a sapient police dog.

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