Tuesday, March 08, 2005

God Module!?

Professor Vilayanur S Ramachandran (he of Phantom Limbs fame and Reith Lecturer) develops some earlier research into the relationship between the temporal lobe and religious experience.

...it might indicate that seizures in the temporal lobe strengthen certain neural pathways connected to the amygdala, meaning we attribute significance to the banal objects and occurrences. "If those pathways all strengthen indiscriminately, everything and anything acquires a deep significance, and when that happens, it starts resembling a religious experience," he says. "And if we can selectively enhance religious sentiments, then that seems to imply there is neural circuitry whose activity is conducive to religious belief. It's not that we have some God module in our brains, but we may have specialised circuits for belief."
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