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Biological Basis For Religious Belief Studied

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An Auburn University researcher teamed up with the National Institutes of Health to study how brain networks shape an individual's religious belief, finding that brain interactions were different between religious and non-religious subjects.

 

The group found differences in brain interactions that involved the theory of mind, or ToM, brain network, which underlies the ability to relate between one's personal beliefs, intents and desires with those of others. Individuals with stronger ToM activity were found to be more religious. Deshpande says this supports the hypothesis that development of ToM abilities in humans during evolution may have given rise to religion in human societies.

 

"Religious belief is a unique human attribute observed across different cultures in the world, even in those cultures which evolved independently, such as Mayans in Central America and aboriginals in Australia," said Deshpande, who is also a researcher at Auburn's Magnetic Resonance Imaging Research Center. "This has led scientists to speculate that there must be a biological basis for the evolution of religion in human societies."

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140117153635.htm

 

Follow the rabbit if you're really interested.  The article doesn't give much information, but if you dig just a little bit, you'll find a link that takes you to a link which takes you to the actual study report.

 

So now they can apparently measure how much Allah has caused a person's heart to be hardened. Fascinating.

 

 

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