Wednesday, February 24, 2010

removal of brain tissue increases spirituality


Oh hai. So, removing part of a person's brain increases their belief in God?


I have no jokes to insert here, because this story writes them all for you:

Ever suspected that religious people have a part of their brain missing? Well, here’s a new study that will let you take a cheap (and reasonably accurate) shot at the God-fearing…

No, the study was apparently legit, follow-up after tumor removal from various parts of the brain:

a team of researchers in Italy has found that damage to a specific region of the brain (the posterior parietal cortex) can increase a person’s feelings of “self-transcendence,” or the feeling of being connected to others and to the universe.

I leave you with this, an excellent article that posits an evolutionary basis for religion, followed by this:

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