The Neurobiologist's Guide to Buddha is an encyclopedia of mental disorders, personality traits, and other behaviors for which a genetic basis has been discovered.
Sure it isn't still theory, I wonder?
In each category, genes are listed which are known to affect the behavior.
Clearly our physical state and physical apparatus affects our behaviours, but that doesn't mean genes equal agency. There is influence and there is agency. This article suggests genes have complete agency over a being.
For the neurobiologist, the mind is the brain, a highly sophisticated organ comprised of billions of specialized cells, called neurons. These neurons are interconnected with one another to form an elaborate cellular network. All our unconscious and conscious activities originate in this vast network, arising from coordinated interactions between neurons, integrating and shunting information from one region of the brain to another.
There are plenty of humans both living and in history who recollected their past lives. There is even modern scientific research that has been conducted to verify such claims. In the cases with children there are plenty who accurately recollect events from a time before their conception. This clearly demonstrates that the mind is not just the physical brain.
According to the neurobiologist, a Buddha-mind can not be achieved unless one is endowed with the genes -- the Buddha-genes -- which allow it.
I wonder what they mean by Buddha-mind? Omniscience?
If you stand nowhere like infinite space, I imagine genes have no influence.
To find out whether a genetic component has been identified for aggression, the page is advanced to the topic AGREEABLENESS. More than a dozen different genes are listed which have been linked to aggressive behavior.
"Linked to" sounds less like fact and more like speculation albeit based on observation. However, I'm not convinced that genes have chief agency over a being. In particular humans have an interesting ability to override natural programming.
The remainder are from studies in humans where genetic differences ["HGL" or human gene linkage] were found to correlate with aggression.
How do you measure aggression in humans?
That's quite subjective. If you asked people if they're aggressive I imagine many would answer "sometimes" in the affirmative.
How does one link a gene to aggression? Do you find a gene that a bunch of pissed off people have in common?
Linking subjective behaviours to specific genes sounds extremely speculative.
The GE studies suggest possible genes to screen in human populations for evidence of linkage with aggressive behavior.
Well they admit it is just "evidence of linkage" rather than cold solid fact.
Does he become a pathological monster? Is a person culpable for criminal conduct when he has a genetic disease that is responsible for his behavior? Criminal genes and the law. These are the kinds of questions that can be explored through The Neurobiologist's Guide to Buddha.
Criminal genes? That's like saying the devil made me do it