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The 'God spots' revealed by scientists


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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 03:38 PM

www.dailymail.co.uk said:

Scientists have speculated for years that the human brain features a 'God spot,' one distinct area of the brain responsible for spirituality.

Now, University of Missouri researchers have completed research that indicates spirituality is a complex phenomenon and that multiple areas of the brain are responsible for the many aspects of spiritual experiences.

The new work is based on a previously published study that indicated spiritual transcendence is associated with decreased right parietal lobe functioning.

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 04:43 PM

This is almost like saying that understanding that there is a computer in front of me with which I can interact requires more than one part of my brain...   Seriously..? >.>

An illusion is an illusion.  The key difference between the two is that one is limited by time and the other by perception.

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 08:44 PM

View PostPsiSeeker, on 21 April 2012 - 04:43 PM, said:

This is almost like saying that understanding that there is a computer in front of me with which I can interact requires more than one part of my brain...   Seriously..? >.>

Well it does. Different areas of your brain light up for simple tasks, and it is a myth that we only us 10% percent of our brain. We use ALL of it (areas) but not the full potential (depth).

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 10:56 AM

Like ive pointed out in a previous comment yesterday ,the point we seem to be always missing is tthat all it is ,is our curiosity thumping on the fact that the god spot is simply a part of our brain that is very primitive its simply our desire to expand and pro-create , we just over simplfy this because we as humans fiind it hard to understand and rationalise ourselves.

Ll make it more simple, we have to think there's more out there in order to expand our drive allows us to fantasise about what could be out there even if it's not ,so we have the drive that's nessesary  to see beyond the horizon enough to spread our species,its very simple just need to look through a fresh eye and a simple one.

Edited by reggie2011, 22 April 2012 - 11:02 AM.


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Posted 22 April 2012 - 03:46 PM

I am getting quite sceptical on what Scientists say,eg:-what about people who have no God and dont even know if any God exists,ie:-undiscovered tribes in the Amazon/Congo regions of the world.I guess these un/fortunates have no "spot" in the brain..what a load of RUBBISH,but these supposedly intellectual idiots keep coming up with this MooPoo,and probably get paid for doing so..


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Posted 22 April 2012 - 11:17 PM

Could'nt say it better; The headline to this article is very misleading. What has actually been revealed by this research is the identification of those areas of the brain responsible for the most abstract form of thought ... imagination. The fact that a person can imagine something in no way demonstrates that that "thing" or emotion actually exists or bears any relation to reality.
- EB, Milton Keynes, 22/4/2012 21:32

Edited by Bildr, 22 April 2012 - 11:18 PM.


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Posted 23 April 2012 - 02:37 AM

Bildr-So because we "love" and it can be seen in the brain in scans does it not exist? Every thought a human has creates activity in the brain. Still does not show proof of the divine or lack there-of in the cosmos.


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Posted 23 April 2012 - 02:42 AM

:-)

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Posted 23 April 2012 - 01:03 PM

Spiritual beliefs started around 50,000 years ago. Possible origins of religion from Wikipedia :

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OriginsThere are a number of theories regarding the origins of religion. Greg M. Epstein, a Humanist chaplain at Harvard University, states that "essentially all the world's major religions were founded on the principle that divine beings or forces can promise a level of justice in a supernatural realm that cannot be perceived in this natural one." According to anthropologists John Monaghan and Peter Just,Many of the great world religions appear to have begun as revitalization movements of some sort, as the vision of a charismatic prophet fires the imaginations of people seeking a more comprehensive answer to their problems than they feel is provided by everyday beliefs. Charismatic individuals have emerged at many times and places in the world. It seems that the key to long-term success – and many movements come and go with little long-term effect – has relatively little to do with the prophets, who appear with surprising regularity, but more to do with the development of a group of supporters who are able to institutionalize the movement.
Parts of the brain might play a role but don't cause it.


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Posted 23 April 2012 - 02:26 PM

View Postspud the mackem, on 22 April 2012 - 03:46 PM, said:

I am getting quite sceptical on what Scientists say,eg:-what about people who have no God and dont even know if any God exists,ie:-undiscovered tribes in the Amazon/Congo regions of the world.I guess these un/fortunates have no "spot" in the brain..what a load of RUBBISH,but these supposedly intellectual idiots keep coming up with this MooPoo,and probably get paid for doing so..


Just because chrisitian missionaries haven't beat/scared them out of it yet doesn't mean undiscovered tribes don't have their own gods and sense of spirituality


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Posted 23 April 2012 - 07:50 PM

View Posttrancelikestate, on 23 April 2012 - 02:26 PM, said:

Just because chrisitian missionaries haven't beat/scared them out of it yet doesn't mean undiscovered tribes don't have their own gods and sense of spirituality
   Agreed,and if they want to pay homage to a tree,or do a rain dance,who are we to force our religions (of any kind) upon them.  If I was one of them and some guy came along and tried to force his particular religion on me I would be pretty brassed off and he would probably end up with a poison dart in his rump,after all if I want to worship a tree that I can see,thats my problem,as you cannot see , hear or get a reply from Jesus,Bhudda,or the Islam guy...or a tree,but what or who you worship is Private...

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 04:01 AM

what about the idea that the parts of the brain associated with this God idea and tha whole God helmet thing (another article from a year ago) are actually parts of the brain that allow us to see things that are really there versus imagining them. i am of the mindset that says we cannot make things up, that we have to make composite things....things based on other things in our imaginations. therefore what is GOD? if we made him up then there must have been a model to make him up with.

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 03:27 PM

I thinkl now they are saying there is no spot :blush: , go figure.

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 03:32 PM

View Postspud the mackem, on 23 April 2012 - 07:50 PM, said:

   Agreed,and if they want to pay homage to a tree,or do a rain dance,who are we to force our religions (of any kind) upon them.  If I was one of them and some guy came along and tried to force his particular religion on me I would be pretty brassed off and he would probably end up with a poison dart in his rump,after all if I want to worship a tree that I can see,thats my problem,as you cannot see , hear or get a reply from Jesus,Bhudda,or the Islam guy...or a tree,but what or who you worship is Private...


We are so arrogant, well at least you are.... perhaps they are really in touch with a reality we miss out on because of our culture brain washing.  All through history people have experienced 'something', I believe that is why we have religion.    Now if it true or not, well, I doubt we will ever find out.  Bu please, stop being so mind numbing college freshmen like.  The relilgious impuse is deep and profound, I think it deserves more respect.

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 03:33 PM

View Postpbarosso, on 24 April 2012 - 04:01 AM, said:

what about the idea that the parts of the brain associated with this God idea and tha whole God helmet thing (another article from a year ago) are actually parts of the brain that allow us to see things that are really there versus imagining them. i am of the mindset that says we cannot make things up, that we have to make composite things....things based on other things in our imaginations. therefore what is GOD? if we made him up then there must have been a model to make him up with.


Interesting, or perhaps we just bury our ability to see into another realm.....I don't know, but could be true.

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