Scientists locate 'God spots' in the brain.

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#1 Posted by FMAB_GTO (14385 posts) -
I am being indifferent. Researchers have discovered the areas of the brain responsible for spiritual beliefs and experiences. It has long been theorised that a 'God spot' exists in the brain and now it seems that there may actually be more than one. "We have found a neuropsychological basis for spirituality, but its not isolated to one specific area of the brain," said psychology professor Brick Johnstone. "Certain parts of the brain play more predominant roles, but they all work together to facilitate individuals spiritual experiences." link I'm not really buying all of this myself,what about people who have no God and dont even know if any God exists?have no "spot" in the brain?
#2 Posted by UnIimitedAccess (187 posts) -
[QUOTE="FMAB_GTO"] I'm not really buying all of this myself,what about people who have no God and dont even know if any God exists?have no "spot" in the brain?

Those people have already proven their mental incapacity so this comes as no surprise. They are probably missing a lot of other "spots" as well.
#3 Posted by toast_burner (21353 posts) -
#4 Posted by FMAB_GTO (14385 posts) -
[QUOTE="UnIimitedAccess"][QUOTE="FMAB_GTO"] I'm not really buying all of this myself,what about people who have no God and dont even know if any God exists?have no "spot" in the brain?

Those people have already proven their mental incapacity so this comes as no surprise. They are probably missing a lot of other "spots" as well.

Lovely and all. But please don't turn my news thread into a YOU ARE GOING TO HELL/GOD DOESN'T EXIST thread =]
#5 Posted by KiIIyou (27135 posts) -
I keep my sauce recipes in that spot.
#6 Posted by UnIimitedAccess (187 posts) -
[QUOTE="FMAB_GTO"][QUOTE="UnIimitedAccess"][QUOTE="FMAB_GTO"] I'm not really buying all of this myself,what about people who have no God and dont even know if any God exists?have no "spot" in the brain?

Those people have already proven their mental incapacity so this comes as no surprise. They are probably missing a lot of other "spots" as well.

Lovely and all. But please don't turn my news thread into a YOU ARE GOING TO HELL/GOD DOESN'T EXIST thread =]

I turn it into whatever I want!!
#7 Posted by PolygonBust (237 posts) -

LOL what is this? Neo-phrenology?

#8 Posted by FMAB_GTO (14385 posts) -
I keep my sauce recipes in that spot.KiIIyou
hahahahaaaaaa,laughed out loud =D [QUOTE="UnIimitedAccess"] I turn it into whatever I want!!

uhhh...I see I can't stop you then.
#9 Posted by m25105 (3135 posts) -
It's the dailymail, people. *Waits for the united allied internet atheist alliance to show up and proclaim how science once again proves that religion is dumb.*
#10 Posted by -Sun_Tzu- (17380 posts) -
[QUOTE="UnIimitedAccess"][QUOTE="FMAB_GTO"] I'm not really buying all of this myself,what about people who have no God and dont even know if any God exists?have no "spot" in the brain?

Those people have already proven their mental incapacity so this comes as no surprise. They are probably missing a lot of other "spots" as well.

lol
#11 Posted by SolidSnake35 (58075 posts) -
Where else are beliefs sets going to exist? The foot?
#12 Posted by FMAB_GTO (14385 posts) -
[QUOTE="m25105"] *Waits for the united allied internet atheist alliance to show up and proclaim how science once again proves that religion is dumb.*

I really hope people don't get the idea that this was my attempt =[
#13 Posted by Ninja-Hippo (23426 posts) -
Any scientific reporting in the Daily Mail is about as reliable as a flat earther's account of geology.
#14 Posted by gameguy6700 (12197 posts) -
The media loves to misreport these sorts of things. It's especially prevalent in genetics and neuroscience where one can easily come away with the wrong understanding of what a study found if you don't have the proper background. Namely, here the writer is acting as if these brain areas were found to do nothing but determine how religious you are. In reality, what the researchers are saying they found is that these areas are involved in spirituality (which does not mean that they're responsible for spirituality). And really, what they found is pretty useless. Saying that damage or activity in an entire lobe is implicated in a particular behavior is sort of a "well no shlt sherlock" finding. Hell, by implicating both the frontal and temporal lobes they've essentially implicated half the damn brain. The frontal lobe functioning is especially unsurprising seeing as how that area of the brain is involved in just about every high-order behavior. What would have been more informative is if they had narrowed it down to a particular region of the frontal lobe. Anyway, the key thing to keep in mind here is that every part of the brain has more than one function. There is no such thing as a "(insert behavior/mental state here) center" of the brain, although there are parts of the brain that together create that behavior or mental state.
#15 Posted by MgamerBD (17550 posts) -
I keep my sauce recipes in that spot.KiIIyou
ohh I now know your secret :/
#16 Posted by KiIIyou (27135 posts) -
[QUOTE="KiIIyou"]I keep my sauce recipes in that spot.MgamerBD
ohh I now know your secret :/

Don't steal!
#17 Posted by MgamerBD (17550 posts) -
[QUOTE="MgamerBD"][QUOTE="KiIIyou"]I keep my sauce recipes in that spot.KiIIyou
ohh I now know your secret :/

Don't steal!

But how else will I know how to make your special chocolate sauce :(
#18 Posted by metroidprime55 (17657 posts) -
[QUOTE="UnIimitedAccess"][QUOTE="FMAB_GTO"] I'm not really buying all of this myself,what about people who have no God and dont even know if any God exists?have no "spot" in the brain?

Those people have already proven their mental incapacity so this comes as no surprise. They are probably missing a lot of other "spots" as well.

And how is that?
#19 Posted by Iranian_Guy (278 posts) -

[QUOTE="FMAB_GTO"] I'm not really buying all of this myself,what about people who have no God and dont even know if any God exists?have no "spot" in the brain?UnIimitedAccess
Those people have already proven their mental incapacity so this comes as no surprise. They are probably missing a lot of other "spots" as well.

how funny ... sky daddy...

#20 Posted by Heisenderp (881 posts) -

[QUOTE="FMAB_GTO"] I'm not really buying all of this myself,what about people who have no God and dont even know if any God exists?have no "spot" in the brain?UnIimitedAccess
Those people have already proven their mental incapacity so this comes as no surprise. They are probably missing a lot of other "spots" as well.

It's the dailymail, people. *Waits for the united allied internet atheist alliance to show up and proclaim how science once again proves that religion is dumb.*m25105

The irony of religitards is almost hilarious. You play the victims all day, crying about discrimination, yet you're the most intolorant dickheads that ever existed,

#21 Posted by lancea34 (6912 posts) -

I'm not really buying all of this myself,what about people who have no God and dont even know if any God exists?have no "spot" in the brain?FMAB_GTO


Or maybe they just don't use that part.

#22 Posted by UnIimitedAccess (187 posts) -

[QUOTE="UnIimitedAccess"][QUOTE="FMAB_GTO"] Those people have already proven their mental incapacity so this comes as no surprise. They are probably missing a lot of other "spots" as well.Heisenderp

It's the dailymail, people. *Waits for the united allied internet atheist alliance to show up and proclaim how science once again proves that religion is dumb.*m25105

The irony of religitards is almost hilarious. You play the victims all day, crying about discrimination, yet you're the most intolorant dickheads that ever existed,

I never said anything about discrimination. I think you are missing the spot in the brain telling you not to make strawman arguments.
#24 Posted by TopTierHustler (3961 posts) -

So are scientists/engineers are less religious because they devote their brain and processing power to logic/math instead?

#25 Posted by UnIimitedAccess (187 posts) -

[QUOTE="UnIimitedAccess"][QUOTE="Heisenderp"]

The irony of religitards is almost hilarious. You play the victims all day, crying about discrimination, yet you're the most intolorant dickheads that ever existed,

Heisenderp

I never said anything about discrimination. I think you are missing the spot in the brain telling you not to make strawman arguments.

Hey mongoloid, you're the one making a strawman, or you're just too fcking stupid to read an elementary-school-grade sentence. You obviously have no fcking clue on how the brain works (or anything probably, I haven't seen a single religitarded bigot who displayed the intellectual capacity superior to a 5th grader), so go back to sucking Yahweh's cock and leave the science to people who aren't Bible-thumping rednecks.

Nice, so you're changing the subject after your blatant stupidity was exposed. Nice.. nice.. You don't know what my religion is, if I even have a religion and you couldn't even see that I was trolling. Dat intellectual capacity :roll:
#26 Posted by shadow_Metroid (1642 posts) -

I am being indifferent. Researchers have discovered the areas of the brain responsible for spiritual beliefs and experiences. It has long been theorised that a 'God spot' exists in the brain and now it seems that there may actually be more than one. "We have found a neuropsychological basis for spirituality, but its not isolated to one specific area of the brain," said psychology professor Brick Johnstone. "Certain parts of the brain play more predominant roles, but they all work together to facilitate individuals spiritual experiences." link I'm not really buying all of this myself,what about people who have no God and dont even know if any God exists?have no "spot" in the brain?FMAB_GTO

Maybe. It just may be a part of the brain that comes up with these sprituall experiences.People that don't have any may just not use them.

#27 Posted by Meinhard1 (6766 posts) -

I'm not really buying all of this myself,what about people who have no God and dont even know if any God exists?have no "spot" in the brain?FMAB_GTO
There are parts of the brain associated with the appreciation of music, yet there is a lot of variation in the degree to which people enjoy music. In people who don't enjoy music or experience religion these areas of the brain are either not used or (more likely) serve some other purpose.

#28 Posted by BranKetra (47931 posts) -
I always heard it was the pineal gland because that is where DMT is produced.
#29 Posted by michaelP4 (16680 posts) -
Yes, I've read about this before somewhere. Parts of the brain tend to be purposely susceptible to new ideas, particularly when someone is in a vulnerable state, such as a new life change or something like that. It's purposely done so for example, to fit into a group and to experience fulfillment. It's said this explains why someone who's been a strong atheist can suddenly become a devout Christian and vice versa.
#30 Posted by tenaka2 (17013 posts) -

So are scientists/engineers are less religious because they devote their brain and processing power to logic/math instead?

TopTierHustler

No, it is because they think.

#31 Posted by Joshywaa (10996 posts) -

I always heard it was the pineal gland because that is where DMT is produced.BranKetra

That's just a theory, and the pineal gland's function is regulating sleep patterns and producing melatonin/beta-carbolines

#32 Posted by shadow_Metroid (1642 posts) -

[QUOTE="MgamerBD"][QUOTE="KiIIyou"]I keep my sauce recipes in that spot.KiIIyou
ohh I now know your secret :/

Don't steal!

I stole..

#33 Posted by gamerguru100 (10463 posts) -

I'm calling BS on this.

#34 Posted by Funky_Llama (18428 posts) -

I'm calling BS on this.

gamerguru100
with no good reason to do so whatsoever and having not even seen their research, of course
#35 Posted by BranKetra (47931 posts) -

[QUOTE="BranKetra"]I always heard it was the pineal gland because that is where DMT is produced.Joshywaa

That's just a theory, and the pineal gland's function is regulating sleep patterns and producing melatonin/beta-carbolines

I know. That's why I said "I heard" rather than just providing evidence as if it were fact.
#36 Posted by gamerguru100 (10463 posts) -
[QUOTE="gamerguru100"]

I'm calling BS on this.

Funky_Llama
with no good reason to do so whatsoever and having not even seen their research, of course

Is there a hair in your ass or something? What's with you?
#37 Posted by British_Azimio (2452 posts) -
I can believe it. The bigger issue for me is, whether it really is a receptacle for genuine dvivine spirits, God, whatever you wish, etc. I try to take a non-dualistic approach.
#38 Posted by Funky_Llama (18428 posts) -
[QUOTE="Funky_Llama"][QUOTE="gamerguru100"]

I'm calling BS on this.

gamerguru100
with no good reason to do so whatsoever and having not even seen their research, of course

Is there a hair in your ass or something? What's with you?

*shrug* I just thought I'd point out just how baseless your comment was. I apologise for the evidently not-inconsiderable butthurt caused
#39 Posted by Kocelot (753 posts) -

Half the world seems to be missing 'common sense' spots as well. :\

#40 Posted by gamerguru100 (10463 posts) -
[QUOTE="gamerguru100"][QUOTE="Funky_Llama"]with no good reason to do so whatsoever and having not even seen their research, of courseFunky_Llama
Is there a hair in your ass or something? What's with you?

*shrug* I just thought I'd point out just how baseless your comment was. I apologise for the evidently not-inconsiderable butthurt caused

Apology accepted. :)
#41 Posted by psychobrew (8884 posts) -
I've read (and posted) this a long time ago. Without reading the article, basically, there are multiple pleasure spots in the brain that are activated during religious thought in believers. There would be no "no spot" as the god spots need to be activated. Somewhere along the way, evolution decided this was a good trait to have.
#42 Posted by Heisenderp (881 posts) -

[QUOTE="Heisenderp"]

[QUOTE="UnIimitedAccess"] I never said anything about discrimination. I think you are missing the spot in the brain telling you not to make strawman arguments.UnIimitedAccess

Hey mongoloid, you're the one making a strawman, or you're just too fcking stupid to read an elementary-school-grade sentence. You obviously have no fcking clue on how the brain works (or anything probably, I haven't seen a single religitarded bigot who displayed the intellectual capacity superior to a 5th grader), so go back to sucking Yahweh's cock and leave the science to people who aren't Bible-thumping rednecks.

Nice, so you're changing the subject after your blatant stupidity was exposed. Nice.. nice.. You don't know what my religion is, if I even have a religion and you couldn't even see that I was trolling. Dat intellectual capacity :roll:

How can anyone possibly deduce that you were trolling?

#43 Posted by Diviniuz (6460 posts) -
[QUOTE="UnIimitedAccess"][QUOTE="FMAB_GTO"] I'm not really buying all of this myself,what about people who have no God and dont even know if any God exists?have no "spot" in the brain?

Those people have already proven their mental incapacity so this comes as no surprise. They are probably missing a lot of other "spots" as well.

god awful poster
#44 Posted by UnIimitedAccess (187 posts) -

[QUOTE="UnIimitedAccess"][QUOTE="Heisenderp"]

Hey mongoloid, you're the one making a strawman, or you're just too fcking stupid to read an elementary-school-grade sentence. You obviously have no fcking clue on how the brain works (or anything probably, I haven't seen a single religitarded bigot who displayed the intellectual capacity superior to a 5th grader), so go back to sucking Yahweh's cock and leave the science to people who aren't Bible-thumping rednecks.

Heisenderp

Nice, so you're changing the subject after your blatant stupidity was exposed. Nice.. nice.. You don't know what my religion is, if I even have a religion and you couldn't even see that I was trolling. Dat intellectual capacity :roll:

How can anyone possibly deduce that you were trolling?

Guess I was a good troll then
#45 Posted by Optical_Order (5100 posts) -

[QUOTE="UnIimitedAccess"][QUOTE="FMAB_GTO"] I'm not really buying all of this myself,what about people who have no God and dont even know if any God exists?have no "spot" in the brain?Diviniuz
Those people have already proven their mental incapacity so this comes as no surprise. They are probably missing a lot of other "spots" as well.

god awful poster

seconded.

#46 Posted by Aidenfury19 (2488 posts) -

As noted by Neil DeGrasse Tyson and others, those who are not religious can still have "spiritual" experiences much like a religious believer would. The difference is that we attribute this to an appreciation of beauty in music, being in awe of the universe, etc. rather than some sort of religious revelation.

While again, like Neil Tyson I'd love to see some studies to actually confirm that experience is the same, I would say that any sort of "spiritual" experience I had when I was still attempting to believe has been duplicated and in some ways dwarfed by the secular revelations I have had since.

#47 Posted by wis3boi (31019 posts) -

my brain devoted all god spot resources to other purposes long ago

#48 Posted by Xx_Socrates_xX (3671 posts) -

I was expecting some sort of super power vudu sh*t with the brain. The title disappoints.

#49 Posted by Aidenfury19 (2488 posts) -

Half the world seems to be missing 'common sense' spots as well. :\

Kocelot

The problem with common sense is that many things we would think are true based upon it simply aren't. For instance, the sky is not blue, ice is less dense than water, what goes up does NOT have to come down, and vitamins can be bad for you.

If the world were not complex then simple common sense would work, but it's not so generally common sense is used as a way to describe peoples' pre-existing assumptions about how things SHOULD work, whether or not that is actually how they DO work.

#50 Posted by ShadowMoses900 (17081 posts) -

I don't really believe this, though alot of studies arn't actually accurate nor scientific at all, alot of them are done just for agenda reasons. According to this then people who don't have "God spots" would be kind of disabeled because that part of their brain wouldn't work, however that's simply not possibe because there have been atheists who have become religious and religious people who bacame atheists.

It's all a matter of faith, though I do think everyone is born with a conciousness and the knowledge of God/Creator. Just some people choose not to recognise it.