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Re: .......the god spot

Posted by jonh kimble on June 12, 2002, at 19:48:48

In reply to Re: .......the god spot, posted by Raga on June 12, 2002, at 16:57:08

i too certainly believe that a part of the brain is involved with religious experiences. i know very little about the scientific fact behind this but this is just a question i thought of. is this part of the brain exclusively "the god spot" . i would be inclined to believe that through evolution the brain has developed a "willingness to believe in the unknown" spot. evolution did not tell us everything to be afraid of because we have not experienced everything there is to be afraid of. but not only fear, things like philosophy, and as stated, spirituality as well. my family is VERY religious. this is interesting to me because although im an atheist i am definetly more inclined to be interested in philosophy than my high school friends, perhaps that part the brain is more active in my family? or maybe ive been trained to think of these sort of things. maybe both, who knows

i once heard a religious speaker say, "the fact that people have believed in god(s) since recorded history should prove the existence of a god." heres what i say. every recorded religion has had things like the afterlife and protection given from there god(s). these are things that all people want. what do you want, to die and turn into dirt or live forever in wonderland? easy question to answer. but just because people want to belive in something does this make it true? i want a million bucks in my bank account, but it aint there.

the idea that our culture is becoming demoralized is another thing i dont agree with. yes we seem to be less religion based, but religion in the past had a big role in fundamental explanations of surroundings. more and more, science is explanning these things in a different light, and people are believing in science more and more because it has more fact.

sad but true, but with time it becomes freeing and true





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