‘God spot’ researchers see the light in MRI study

By | August 30, 2006

God spot researchers see the light in MRI study

Brain scans of nuns have revealed intricate neural circuits that flicker into life when they feel the presence of God.The images suggest that feelings of profound joy and union with a higher being that accompany religious experiences are the culmination of ramped-up electrical activity in parts of the brain.

The scans were taken as nuns relived intense religious experiences. They showed a surge in neural activity in regions of the brain that govern feelings of peace, happiness and self-awareness. Psychologists at the University of Montreal say the research, which appears in the journal Neuroscience Letters, was not intended to confirm or deny the existence of God, but set out to examine how the brain behaves during profound religious experiences. – more

If I hooked a button to some electrodes in your brain and every time I pushed it you saw God and felt a profound experience … a godly presence, would you then believe or not believe? Why or why not?

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