We humans love to watch “character in conflict” in the movies and TV, but we’re uninterested in the reasons behind character type differences. We’re hardwired to enjoy the Kardashians, not the Pinkers. We assume we have free will, despite well-documented refutation (by Sam Harris, Jonathan Haidt and others). And we’re also hardwired to make-up or “confabulate” plausible-but-often-false explanations for our behavior, as Michael Gazzaniga has written.
In other words, nobody cares that society is a collection of competing genetic subgroups, while the one percent probably has some genetic advantage (e.g. a sports gene, an IQ gene, a charisma gene) that gives them an edge and allows them to make millions.
Until genetics enters the political realm, the public will remain apathetic. The first step toward public engagement will be establishing a better understanding of how genetics really works. We don’t even know how genes can manifest specific brain states like “fear of vomiting” (as Scott Stossel so ably describes), much less awe of authority. Yet once a new Einstein figures that part out, and we begin to manipulate genes for specific traits, the public’s sense of fair play will be, like a hibernating bear, awakened, indignant and angry.