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Tolerance at a molecular level

  • Dyna Rochmyaningsih

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 23 2011   /  10:00 am

As a country that has a diversity of religions and races, Indonesia is vulnerable to conflict. Many people are now prone to hate, underestimating others and prejudice concerning social and religious conflicts, all of which threaten the existing harmony.

So many experts have made arguments to solve the conflict and most of them have taken social and religious perspectives in examining their solutions.

In my view, this approach will not lead to a better condition because everyone’s mind has already been socially grouped by their upbringing. For example, the liberal underestimate the conservatives and vice versa. It is an unending debate.

Natural science offers an interesting perspective on perceiving differences. Indonesian prominent biologist Prof. Antonius Suwanto has an interesting concept regarding this. In his paper Genetic Diversity and Human Preference, he im...