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Shutting down part of brain changes views on God, immigrants: study | CTV News

Is this really big news? Isn't it akin to concluding that impairing one's Achilles tendon changes one's ability to jump? It is self-evident that our thoughts, convictions, and beliefs are formulated and held within our brains. So it shouldn't come as a surprise or significant that artificially impairing one part of the brain would change how that 'muscle' functioned. 

Perhaps the new worthiness of this story rests in the discovery that the section of the brain that houses our religious belief is the posterior medial frontal cortex - but I would have thought that scientists and doctors had already mapped out the function of the brain's various components already. So this really might just be a 'dog bites man' type of story intended to reduce the phenomenon of belief to nothing more than the electrical functioning of the brain instead of being a divine gift as Christians believe. 

What do you think? Or perhaps better said... What do you believe?

Shutting down part of brain changes views on God, immigrants: study | CTV News


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