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Is God All in Our Heads?

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posted on Feb, 1 2003 @ 04:31 AM
Rhawn Joseph thinks there's a genetic, neurological basis for religious belief and spiritual experience that God is all in our heads.

He believes homo sapiens have evolved the ability to experience God through the amygdala, a small, almond- shaped structure buried deep in the brain. This is in the most primitive part of the brain, where emotions and sexual pleasure come from.

Joseph says, "These tissues, which become highly activated when we dream, when we pray or when we take drugs such as '___', enable us to experience those realms of reality normally filtered from consciousness, including the reality of God, the spirit, the soul, and life after death." Despite his studies, he's not an atheist.

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posted on Feb, 1 2003 @ 11:15 AM
He says that the amygdala allows us to experience god not create it.


posted on Feb, 1 2003 @ 05:35 PM
Yes. God is nothing more than a way to con people out of money, rape little kids, and get away with war crimes ten times worse than Holocaust.(Spanish Inquisition famous for church torturing milliuons and killing, Crusades to win land they never owned and getting info by torturing, so forth)

posted on Feb, 4 2003 @ 05:24 AM
It's the software in our brains that downloads spiritual experience. Science is continuously using these methods to explain the spiritual away without realising that it supports the idea of a spiritual dimension to the universe.
Our eyes send information to the brain and it translates that information when we look at something like a rabbit, it doesn't mean the rabbit is an illusion created by our brains.
Surely in a cold unfeeling atheistic world of no God and no meaning we simply wouldn't have these areas within our brains.
James, I think you're opinion is a little too general and could be applied just as equally to other areas of our culture.

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