Brain Differences Found Between Believers In God And Non-believers

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mdg (March 07, 2009, 12:55:54 PM):
Thanks for that interesting link, Sentinel.
The case I know about has some things in common with what was discussed in the article; the person I know was not religious before his accident. I also know that explaining to him that his experiences may be aa a result of the injury will not be acceptable to him, so I won't even try.
He's not having any seizures, but I will be more wary of the possibilty of that happening.

Spike (March 07, 2009, 12:58:09 PM):
Perhaps it also just easier to have someone else to blame for your mistakes....The Devil Made Me Do It.....; believers never have to accept responsibility for their mistakes.

Perhaps the study should be expanded to investigate morality.

If nonbelievers are more likely to learn from their mistakes, it follows that nonbelievers would be careful about their actions and its impact on their immediate environment.

Nonbelievers who do good, or cause no harm, because of a clear, logical thought process, may have the edge (I am going to use a terrible "word" ;D, my apologies to intelligent Americans) "morality-wise" on believers.

Believers often unthinkingly do good because they are told to, and refrain from doing harm because they are threatened with hellfire.
Sentinel (March 07, 2009, 14:43:48 PM):
Perhaps the study should be expanded to investigate morality.

I agree that the nonreligious might be more analytical; which is in line with this study. This report seems to point to the ACC's ability to decide between right and wrong before an active decision had taken place. They may have found the source of our "little voice".

"In the past, we found activity in the ACC when people had to make a difficult decision among mutually exclusive options, or after they made a mistake," Brown said. "But now we find that this brain region can actually learn to recognize when you might make a mistake, even before a difficult decision has to be made. So the ACC appears to act as an early warning system -- it learns to warn us in advance when our behavior might lead to a negative outcome, so that we can be more careful and avoid making a mistake."
Sentinel (March 07, 2009, 15:13:09 PM):
Afrikaanse weergawe hier
Tweefo (March 08, 2009, 15:03:16 PM):
I can relate to this. A few years ago I was attacked and suffered some brain damage. I changed, not my religious believes, but my attention to detail. Never been a perfectionist but now I lose every thing, can't remember where I parked the car. My wive had to change my clothes. My shirts, pants and socks are all the same. This way I can't mismatch stuff. If it was not for the spell check, you could probably not read this (if you want a excuse you will find it ;) but how about a grammar check?)

I am now intolerant of other peoples believes and that make my irritable. Lose my temper and then do things that I am not proud of later.

So I suppose that you can not expect people to change their outlook just like that but I am getting tiered of them trying to get me to change mine.


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