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10-02-2016, 04:48 PM
God as a sign of brain damage
Didn't find this particularly surprising.

The study found that the participants with more significant injury to their right parietal lobe showed an increased feeling of closeness to a higher power.

And here's the study abstract for you nerds (you know who you are): Neural correlates of mystical experience

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10-02-2016, 05:03 PM
RE: God as a sign of brain damage
(10-02-2016 04:48 PM)GirlyMan Wrote:  Didn't find this particularly surprising.

The study found that the participants with more significant injury to their right parietal lobe showed an increased feeling of closeness to a higher power.

And here's the study abstract for you nerds (you know who you are): Neural correlates of mystical experience

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10-02-2016, 05:12 PM
RE: God as a sign of brain damage
(10-02-2016 04:48 PM)GirlyMan Wrote:  Didn't find this particularly surprising.

The study found that the participants with more significant injury to their right parietal lobe showed an increased feeling of closeness to a higher power.

And here's the study abstract for you nerds (you know who you are): Neural correlates of mystical experience

Many modern day prophets as well as some Biblical ones are known to have had injuries to their head before they started prophesying. Ellen G White for the Adventists is the first example that comes to mind.
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10-02-2016, 05:44 PM
RE: God as a sign of brain damage
(10-02-2016 05:12 PM)DerFish Wrote:  
(10-02-2016 04:48 PM)GirlyMan Wrote:  Didn't find this particularly surprising.

The study found that the participants with more significant injury to their right parietal lobe showed an increased feeling of closeness to a higher power.

And here's the study abstract for you nerds (you know who you are): Neural correlates of mystical experience

Many modern day prophets as well as some Biblical ones are known to have had injuries to their head before they started prophesying. Ellen G White for the Adventists is the first example that comes to mind.

That would explain Balem's donkey. He must've been kicked so hard that he began hallucinating.

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11-02-2016, 01:26 AM
RE: God as a sign of brain damage
The conversion experience of Paul of Tarsus may also represent some sort of neurological weirdness going on, with lights and voices -- epilepsy, perhaps, caused by a lesion in the right parietal lobe?
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12-02-2016, 04:56 PM
RE: God as a sign of brain damage
Well, I don't speak for all theists, but I certainly was not thinking clearly.

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13-02-2016, 10:19 PM
RE: God as a sign of brain damage
(11-02-2016 01:26 AM)Astreja Wrote:  The conversion experience of Paul of Tarsus may also represent some sort of neurological weirdness going on, with lights and voices -- epilepsy, perhaps, caused by a lesion in the right parietal lobe?

Except in never happened.

The story was made up by the author of Acts.
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13-02-2016, 10:41 PM
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Is anyone truly shocked.
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14-02-2016, 09:00 AM
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I think I recall an article about how Joan of Arc was a schitzophrenic. This doesn't really seem that shocking.
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14-02-2016, 09:57 AM
RE: God as a sign of brain damage
(14-02-2016 09:00 AM)natachan Wrote:  I think I recall an article about how Joan of Arc was a schitzophrenic. This doesn't really seem that shocking.

That diagnosis is compatible with the fact that the age of onset is in late adolescence and early adulthood.

From Wikipedia:
At her trial, Joan stated that she was about nineteen years old, which implies she thought she was born around 1412. She later testified that she experienced her first vision in 1425 at the age of 13, when she was in her "father's garden" and saw visions of figures she identified as Saint Michael, Saint Catherine, and Saint Margaret, who told her to drive out the English and bring the Dauphin to Reims for his coronation. She said she cried when they left, as they were so beautiful.
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