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Scientists locate 'God spots' in the brain

Posted on Sunday, 22 April, 2012 | Comment icon 22 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

Researchers have discovered the areas of the brain responsible for spiritual beliefs and experiences.

It has long been theorised that a 'God spot' exists in the brain and now it seems that there may actually be more than one. "We have found a neuropsychological basis for spirituality, but it’s not isolated to one specific area of the brain," said psychology professor Brick Johnstone. "Certain parts of the brain play more predominant roles, but they all work together to facilitate individuals’ spiritual experiences."

"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."

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Comment icon #13 Posted by dougeaton on 27 April, 2012, 15:32
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. doug
Comment icon #14 Posted by dougeaton on 27 April, 2012, 15:33
Interesting, or perhaps we just bury our ability to see into another realm.....I don't know, but could be true. doug
Comment icon #15 Posted by jivens on 28 April, 2012, 16:21
God exists and is very real. Think about it. Evolutionists say that we developed a thirst so that we would drink water, hunger so that we would eat food, sexual desire so that we would pro-create. Tell me then, why we have a natural desire to believe in our lord and savior Jesus Christ??? Repent to Jesus now, or endure the terrible truth of the tribulation.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Hybrid89 on 29 April, 2012, 12:55
Everyone has there right to pay homage to there own gods, whether it be the god of flower picking or whatever. This is just my own opinion, but personally I dont believe in any divine being. Don't see the point. Thats how I feel though, so dont mind me.
Comment icon #17 Posted by PsiSeeker on 30 April, 2012, 1:38
Well to be honest I feel the belief of God stems out of a part of the brain that understands the need for maximum efficient means of function. God is used to give a physical light to this feeling. Ages ago I thought up a concept I coined "the God process." It's a sequence of events within in any physical system, where operation is apparent, that results in the most perfectly acted out scenario for the greater good of all. I feel this part of the brain helps great thinkers come up with radical new ways of thinking or improving things already in use. It's the part of the b... [More]
Comment icon #18 Posted by Erudite Celt on 31 May, 2012, 23:19
Is it the same spot in the brain that makes one believe that all the matter in the universe came from the non-matter in the non-universe? Of course not, they haven't discovered the "silly spot" yet.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Marcin on 20 September, 2012, 20:49
Personally I believe that this 'something' is what can be collectively given a name of 'the unknown', the great mysterious unknown... In days of earliest cavemen, there were 2 leader types - a chief often having fought his way to the top proving his physical superiority, and a shaman being that notch smarter than most of the flock. If he said that bush was talking to him, they didn't dare question him, after all, he communicated with ghosts, spirits and whatnot, all that they feared more than their chief. We've been giving a placeholder-entity meaning to nearly eve... [More]
Comment icon #20 Posted by Marcin on 20 September, 2012, 21:00
You do know how arrogant and narrow minded you sound here right? This is YOUR god... if it's so natural to believe in Jesus, what does this make other religions huh? There is whole multitude of religions out there, each of them having their own belief, to them your Jesus is just your own story, not all that natural at all... And no, evolutionists would never say something so silly as "that we developed a thirst so that we would drink water, hunger so that we would eat food"... Sounds like something what would come from some preacher on one sunday :S. Thirst and hunger are on... [More]
Comment icon #21 Posted by B4lls13 on 21 September, 2012, 12:12
I don't think that the scientists get it now. Spirituality depends on a person if they choose to believe or not.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Zaphod222 on 12 October, 2012, 15:11
So, remove the god spots, and we are free from the gods? Sounds good. And then what to do with the god spots? Give a burial? According to which god? Ah... questions

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