Transgenerational epigenetic inheritance

Transgenerational epigenetic inheritance

BBC News, December 1, 2013: Memories pass between generations. Behavior is affected by events in previous generations. The experience of parents markedly influences both structure and function in the nervous system of subsequent generations.

Transgenerational epigenetic inheritance theorizes that the environment can affect an individual’s genetics which can in turn be passed on. This might be one mechanism that descendants show imprints of their ancestor according to researcher Brian Dias. This may be a form of “genetic memory”. This may be evidence that a form of memory could be passed between generations. These transgenerational responses may be related to neuropsychiatric disorders.

A curious case of the cat

In the 1980s, we had a cat. When it wanted to go out, it would sit in front of the door to wait for someone to leave. When the door opened, it would go out. When it returned several hours later, it would sit in front of the door outside and wait for the door to open. Sometimes, it would meow at the door, as if calling out for someone to come open the door to let it in.

Then, the cat was seen standing on its hind legs and using its left front paw to try to turn the door knob in an attempt to open the door. I have observed this behavior many times. At the time, I thought that either the cat had learned that turning the door knob opens the door, and that it had gained this knowledge by observation when one of us opened the door, or that the cat’s action was a result of some kind of inbred memory.

The possibility of transgenerational memory as part of the psyche of the Chinese mainland people

This is very interesting indeed, for it may provide an explanation to my previous discussion about the apparently pervasive inability of the Chinese mainland people to recognize irrationality, their apparently pervasive retaliatory mentality and behavior as well as their extreme egocentrism and looting behavior.

As I have mentioned previously, generation after generation of mass starvation and hunger caused a psychological “hunger nervosa” that seems to have translated into extreme egocentrism and looting behavior.

I also posit that the memories of several generations of the Chinese mainland people of being politically oppressed caused their innate retaliatory mentality and their inability to recognize irrationality.

These are neuropsychiatric disorders of the Chinese mainland people.

The Chinese people on Taiwan and in Singapore do not show such neuropsychiatric disorders. This is because of their Confucian education and the influence of their Buddhist and Christian culture, all of which have been lacking since October 1, 1949, on the Chinese mainland.

Hurray for “transgenerational epigenetic inheritance”!


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Victor Chen, herbalist, alternative healthcare lecturer, Chinese affairs analyst, retired journalist
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