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BAMAPHIN 22
08-30-2006, 06:23 PM
The human brain does not contain a single "God spot" responsible for mystical and religious experiences, a new study finds.

Instead, the sense of union with God or something greater than the self often described by those who have undergone such experiences involves the recruitment and activation of a variety brain (http://www.livescience.com/humanbiology/050319_brain_study.html) regions normally implicated in different functions such as self-consciousness, emotion (http://www.livescience.com/humanbiology/060803_irrational_brain.html) and body representation.

The finding, detailed in the current issue of Neuroscience Letters, contradicts previous suggestions by other researchers that the there might be a specific region in the brain designed for communication with God.

"The main goal of the study was to identify the neural correlates of a mystical experience," said study leader Mario Beauregard of the University of Montreal in Canada. "This does not diminish the meaning and value of such an experience, and neither does it confirm or disconfirm the existence of God."

In the study, 15 cloistered Carmelite nuns, ranging in age from 23 to 64, had their brains scanned while asked to relive the most intense mystical experience they had ever had as members of the religious order.

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Wombat
08-30-2006, 06:28 PM
As a Christian, an experience with god comes by Faith! It's not supposed to be something involved with the mind.

_dan24
08-30-2006, 06:44 PM
As a Christian, an experience with god comes by Faith! It's not supposed to be something involved with the mind.

Thank You Baby Jesus!

SkapePhin
08-30-2006, 06:48 PM
As a Christian, an experience with god comes by Faith! It's not supposed to be something involved with the mind.

:confused:

Metal Panda
08-30-2006, 08:35 PM
As a Christian, an experience with god comes by Faith! It's not supposed to be something involved with the mind.

oh man...I mean this in a seriously kidding way, but man, the second sentence :)