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Science Proves Your Brain Recognizes the Reality of God, Researchers Say


02-22-2016, 01:54 PM #1
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Science Proves Your Brain Recognizes the Reality of God, Researchers Say

Even if you were never taught to believe in God, your brain could still recognize His existence. Such is the premise of Romans 1, and a roundtable discussion set to air onNational Geographic.  
According to National Geographic, fascinating new research has uncovered the possibility that believing in God may be hardwired in our brains. 
"Psychologists and anthropologists deemed that children left to their own devices would have some conception of God. Some attribute this to our innate sense of detecting patterns in the world (as to discern predators or prey in nature), while others propagate the notion of a 'supersense'—or a cognitive tendency to infer hidden forces in the world working for good or ill," says Shaheen E. Lakhan, who holds several doctorate degrees, including an M.D.  
Lakhan's statements back up those of Andrew Newberg, who actively researches "neurotheology." 
Newberg conducted several brain studies, evaluating what happens when a person prays or meditates.  
After eight weeks of prayer, "They had improvements of about 10 or 15 percent." 
"This is only after eight weeks at 12 minutes a day, so you can imagine what happens in people who are deeply religious and spiritual and are doing these practices for hours a day for years and years," he told NPR.  
Newberg detailed some of his findings in How God Changes Your Brain, Why We Believe What We Believe, and Why God Won't Go Away. 
"People frequently meditate or pray as a way of keeping themselves calm during procedures. We know for sure that meditation and prayer help reduce depression, anxiety and blood pressure. They basically alter the physiology of the person and, in most cases, in positive ways. This happens certainly in the moment. But people have also found that a lot of these effects are persistent," Newberg says
And for those who actively reject faith, some still cannot deny the presence of God.  
In a piece for the Washington Post, atheist Elizabeth King writes that she cannot shake the idea of God's existence.  
"The idea of God pesters me and makes me think that maybe I'm not as devoted to my beliefs as I'd like to think I am and would like to be. Maybe I'm still subconsciously afraid of hell and want to go to heaven when I die. It's confusing and frustrating to feel the presence of something you don't believe in. This is compounded by the fact that the God character most often shows up when I'm already frustrated," King writes.  
Neurotheologian Newberg says this is because science does back the reality of religious experiences. undefined
http://www.charismanews.com/world/55236-science-proves-your-brain-recognizes-the-reality-of-god-researchers-say

Prov 15:7 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.
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02-22-2016, 02:21 PM #2
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Nuff said

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02-22-2016, 10:37 PM #3
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I find this interesting, primarily because Newberg's work was very influential in my becoming (loosely speaking) an atheist. After I realized I didn't know what was going on with the universe, I decided to research and his name came up. After reviewing his work with SPECT scans, I wasn't sure if my prior religious experiences were genuine, or just a byproduct of the way the flawed human brain works. I set up some exercises that would involve the parts of the brain noted in his studies, but were not in any way related to a deity or a religion. After weeks of regular practice, I had an experience that shook me to my core. For a period of about half an hour, I had a sense of deep understanding, that I had realized what my true meaning in life should be and that everything was clear and perfect, but none of my realizations had anything to do with a deity. It was easily one of the most intense experiences of my life. Once it had subsided, I felt like I had come to my senses, much like sobering up feels. I almost felt embarrassed at the fervor I had felt before.

Combining this with the fact that his study worked with practitioners of basically any religion he tested, I had serious doubts as to the veracity of my prior religious experiences. There was essentially no way to tell from personal experience which religious system was correct since all of them could result in profound experiences, and I had a lot of trouble coming up with a way to differentiate the idea that all religions had a way to god from the idea that there was no god and this was merely a byproduct of natural human neurological activity. It forced me into a kind of hard agnosticism, which is essentially a-theistic in nature.

Anyway, I've lurked for a while, but this is my first post, since this topic hit closest to my own experiences. My schedule is erratic, but I'll certainly try to keep monitoring the boards. Best to everyone, I often find your posts intriguing, Scimitar, even (especially?) when I disagree.
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02-23-2016, 05:59 AM #4
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Welcome aboard bud and as salaam alaikum Cool

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02-23-2016, 06:27 AM #5
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We've already established everyone has a concept of God due to cognitive ability.

It comes down to if/what you believe.

It could the Flying Spaghetti Monster for all we know.


"If people don't want you to question something, that probably means you should question it." - Michel Templet

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