I found this particularly interesting (though I find Neurotheology interesting anyway)... There was a very significant link between Hippocampal Atrophy and "significant religious experience". There was also a baseline connection between Hippocampal Atrophy and those who (regardless of demonination, or not associating themselves with any religious demonination) consider themselves "Born Again".
Part of the connection is the association of the added stresses of life changing religious events, which increases cortisol levels, which directly affects the progression of Hippocampal Atrophy, particularly in later life stages.
Anywho... in a society which has thought religion to be purely beneficial, there is emerging evidence to the contrary.
Clicky to the study --> http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0017006Answer Question
Answer by beeky at 11:02 AM on Jun. 1, 2011
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Answer by soyousay at 11:50 AM on Jun. 1, 2011
Answer by pookiekins34 at 11:53 AM on Jun. 1, 2011
I thought the article was very interesting, thanks for posting it. I've read in other studies that the chemicals released in the brain during meditation and certain religious practices are addictive, as well. I've been discussing this very idea with close friends for the past 6 months, based on my own observation of people I know, so it's ironic that you brought this to the table. I don't think science is anti-religion, I think it's findings are neutral, unbiased. Whether it's in the observation stage, hypothesis stage, or empirical fact, what is, just is, objectively.
Answer by clarity333 at 11:54 AM on Jun. 1, 2011
quoting vnt; "Atheist are funny, they spend a lot of time talking about a God they don't believe exist."
In keeping with the op, this is not about atheists discussing a god they don't believe exists, this is about science discovering atrophy in the brain as a result of religiosity and meditation. Nowhere did it state that those performing the study are atheists, or that there was an atheist agenda behind the study. Is Obby not supposed to shine a light on articles like this, in a religious debate forum? I think it fits here. I think it's worth contemplating, researching. I didn't get the impression that Obby concluded one way or another.
Answer by clarity333 at 12:20 PM on Jun. 1, 2011
Answer by soyousay at 12:47 PM on Jun. 1, 2011
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