Why is the distinction between genetic determinism and epigenetics important?

The difference between these two is significant because this fundamental belief called genetic determinism literally means that your life, your physical and physiological and emotional behavioral traits are controlled by the genetic code.  This kind of belief system provides a visual picture of people being victims:  If the genes control our life function then our lives are being controlled by things outside of our ability to change them.  This leads to victimization that the illnesses and diseases that run in families are propagated through the passing of genes associated with those attributes. Laboratory evidence shows this is not true.

When we buy into being a victim, we automatically buy into needing a rescuer, meaning we accept that somebody else is going to save us from ourselves.  This is the unfortunate situation where the medical community has inserted itself.

Also, even though the genetic determinism belief system has been revised over the past 15 years, the problem is that the revisions are being recognized only at the level of the biomedical research scientists; these ideas are not making their way to the public. In the meantime, the mass media continues to portray that ‘a gene controls this’ and ‘a gene that controls that’. The fact that you are even here at this moment reading this places you one step ahead. Knowledge is power.


9 thoughts on “Why is the distinction between genetic determinism and epigenetics important?

  1. An important reminder about using pseudo-science to support unsubstantiated beliefs. The most alarming consequence of believing in the myth of gene determinism from my perspective is eugenics – in these times it is easy to see how this movement could re-emerge to prevent people whose characteristics are not optimum from “reproducing,” and further stigmatize and isolate them as has been done in the past.

  2. That is so true and leaves us in a position of learned helplessness and never taking responsibility to feel what we truly need and already know. This is such a massive block for people and we are so lucky for you to be bringing us the truth about what is and inspiring us to remember. Words cannot describe how much impact and change you effect. Thank you deeply.

  3. I reckon this is one of the most important messages the world needs to hear.Thank you for taking a stand! I am working with family constellation and I know deep down in my heart that you are dead right.WE ARE MIRACULOUS and it is not, because we have it in our genes :o)! Namasté

  4. Thank you Bruce Lipton! The insight that my thoughts control, how I experience my life and furthermore, that it is the best way, to observe my thinking to find out, what negative thoughts I have in order to change them into positive thoughts and try to stay connected to the now, cause there is the power of my creative, loving, conscious mind, is just so very beautiful and does make me feel very very grateful for your great discoveries! Thank you so deeply! Thank you! Blessed are you – may thousands of thousands of people get to know this knowledge soon!

    • “You’re physical” means you are physical. To say “your physical” leaves the question, “your physical what?”

      • “Your physical and physiological and emotional behavioural traits”. As quoted from the article above. Did you not read the sentence before responding, Marjorie?

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