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Wed Apr 17, 2019, 07:17 PM

Scientists have established a link between religious fundamentalism and brain damage


A study published in the journal Neuropsychologia has shown that religious fundamentalism is, in part, the result of a functional impairment in a brain region known as the prefrontal cortex. The findings suggest that damage to particular areas of the prefrontal cortex indirectly promotes religious fundamentalism by diminishing cognitive flexibility and openness—a psychology term that describes a personality trait which involves dimensions like curiosity, creativity, and open-mindedness.

Religious beliefs can be thought of as socially transmitted mental representations that consist of supernatural events and entities assumed to be real. Religious beliefs differ from empirical beliefs, which are based on how the world appears to be and are updated as new evidence accumulates or when new theories with better predictive power emerge. On the other hand, religious beliefs are not usually updated in response to new evidence or scientific explanations, and are therefore strongly associated with conservatism. They are fixed and rigid, which helps promote predictability and coherence to the rules of society among individuals within the group.

Religious fundamentalism refers to an ideology that emphasizes traditional religious texts and rituals and discourages progressive thinking about religion and social issues. Fundamentalist groups generally oppose anything that questions or challenges their beliefs or way of life. For this reason, they are often aggressive towards anyone who does not share their specific set of supernatural beliefs, and towards science, as these things are seen as existential threats to their entire worldview.

Since religious beliefs play a massive role in driving and influencing human behavior throughout the world, it is important to understand the phenomenon of religious fundamentalism from a psychological and neurological perspective.

https://www.rawstory.com/2019/04/scientists-established-link-religious-fundamentalism-brain-damage/

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Reply Scientists have established a link between religious fundamentalism and brain damage (Original post)
Micrometer Apr 17 OP
quad489 Apr 17 #1
oflguy Apr 18 #2
Micrometer Apr 18 #6
oflguy Apr 19 #9
Squeek Apr 25 #12
nolidad Apr 18 #3
SatansSon666 Apr 18 #4
Micrometer Apr 18 #5
nolidad Apr 18 #7
nolidad Apr 18 #8
nolidad Apr 19 #10
Micrometer Apr 25 #11

Response to Micrometer (Original post)

Wed Apr 17, 2019, 09:49 PM

1. Yep, and just think how brain dead those who want more religious fanatics in this country must be...

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Response to Micrometer (Original post)

Thu Apr 18, 2019, 12:40 AM

2. What about the link between liberalism and brain damage?

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Response to oflguy (Reply #2)

Thu Apr 18, 2019, 08:39 AM

6. I'm sure you will link to science to support your assertion.

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Response to Micrometer (Reply #6)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 12:30 AM

9. www.liberalismisadisease.com

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Response to oflguy (Reply #2)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 01:06 PM

12. I will agree

only to the point of saying that extreme liberalism has to be symptomatic of brain disorder.

Just like extreme conservatism


And the religious fanaticism mentioned in the OP, whether it's Christianity, Islam, or whatever. If it's extreme, it's a problem.

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Response to Micrometer (Original post)

Thu Apr 18, 2019, 06:46 AM

3. From Raw Story????



I would love to see how they determined frontal lobe impairment in "fundamentalists". it is articles like this that are the reason that science in America is under such disrepute!

This is nothing more than a poorly veiled apologetic for people to believe in evolution, which also has not been seen but required to believe in to be accepted by the so called "intelligentsia" of society.

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Response to nolidad (Reply #3)

Thu Apr 18, 2019, 07:09 AM

4. The link is in the story.

If you'd pay attention.
Nope. You see rawstory and that's all you need to see.
Poor nolidad.

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Response to nolidad (Reply #3)

Thu Apr 18, 2019, 08:37 AM

5. Biological and cognitive underpinnings of religious fundamentalism.

US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

Abstract
Beliefs profoundly affect people's lives, but their cognitive and neural pathways are poorly understood. Although previous research has identified the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC) as critical to representing religious beliefs, the means by which vmPFC enables religious belief is uncertain. We hypothesized that the vmPFC represents diverse religious beliefs and that a vmPFC lesion would be associated with religious fundamentalism, or the narrowing of religious beliefs. To test this prediction, we assessed religious adherence with a widely-used religious fundamentalism scale in a large sample of 119 patients with penetrating traumatic brain injury (pTBI). If the vmPFC is crucial to modulating diverse personal religious beliefs, we predicted that pTBI patients with lesions to the vmPFC would exhibit greater fundamentalism, and that this would be modulated by cognitive flexibility and trait openness. Instead, we found that participants with dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (dlPFC) lesions have fundamentalist beliefs similar to patients with vmPFC lesions and that the effect of a dlPFC lesion on fundamentalism was significantly mediated by decreased cognitive flexibility and openness. These findings indicate that cognitive flexibility and openness are necessary for flexible and adaptive religious commitment, and that such diversity of religious thought is dependent on dlPFC functionality.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28392301

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Response to Micrometer (Reply #5)

Thu Apr 18, 2019, 05:11 PM

7. I would not even honor this by calling it bad science! It is anti science.

119 patients is not a large sampling! I hoped you noticed the ifs and how they do not understand why the brain holds spiritual beliefs (though I know)

But let us amuse these phonies for a moment. I am referring to both these studies.

According to them, the current world population has over 40% of its population who are walking around with frontal lobe damage!

Between the 60% of adults in America who believe in YEC and the Bible is the word of God, the estimated 350,000,000 Muslims who are considered "fundamentalists, the 500,000,000 + Hindus who would be considered fundamentalists, the Janists, the shaminist religions, the voodoo religions, the Zen traditions, Sikhs, Rosicrucian, and many other religions where people are very very adherent!

And of course let us look back at history! Prior to the rise of naturalist philosophy in the 18th and 19th centuries
the NIH would have concluded that over 80% of the worlds populations had frontal lobe trauma! Because most of the world was fundamental in their religion in form or another.

I have had pet scans done! I have no lesions and I am about as "fundamental" as one can be! Why? Because I have a real relationship with Jesus Christ! I went from being an atheist and apologist for evolution to a bible believing Christian in Jesus Christ!

So how does a cure work? Well we know there has not been alot of brain surgeries going on, so the only other alternative is that once Darwin published his epic work, studying that and coming to believe in it and all the other hypotheses that have come and gone for evolution over time must have a medicinal effect and can evoke a cure just by believing what you were taught !

You want to do a good study?

take 1000 Muslims fundamentalist
1000 Christian fundamentalists
1000 Hind u fundamentalists
and 1000 from each from all other religions'
and 1000 believers in evolution!
1000 atheists
1000 nominal adherents to each religion as well.

Do multiple pet scans on all of them and see who has frontal lobe trauma and who doesn't.

At least you now have a reasonable set up study to be able to compare

Then at least you have something at least approaching comprehensive!!! I am convinced ifg that was done - the NIH would quietly remove the above study and psychologia would disarchive that piece of pornography that they published!

What psychologia is doing is a back door attempt to shame believers into accepting whatever current mores are according to the whims of whomever !

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Response to Micrometer (Reply #5)

Thu Apr 18, 2019, 05:19 PM

8. YOu need to remember this important thing:

These are the same "professionals" who declared that transgenderism and homosexuality were abnormal psychology for decades upon decades upon decades! Then they suddenly declared them normal and through now removed research attempted to prove that it was just mental things caused by varied sizes of various regions!

Now these same quacks or a growing number of them (they are still a small minority) are starting to clamor that it is perfectly acceptable for adfults to have sex with minors if both are consenting!

These same quacks called a pregnant woman someone carrying a human life- to now she is carrying "something"!

Do not get me wrong- I love science and psychology and medicine! But when they veerr off to normalize societal abnormalities- it is anti-science!

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Response to Micrometer (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 01:00 PM

10. This study using two different kinds of scans trashes psychologia as non credible!

https://www.magiscenter.com/hard-wired-for-faith-the-religious-experience-and-the-brain/

no lesions, no trauma- just different functioning of the brain!~ You really should give up that knowing and loving God is due to brain damage!

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Response to nolidad (Reply #10)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 11:45 AM

11. Oh my!

First you ridicule my choice to post a story from Raw Story.

Then you disparage the scientific research and methodology.

Then you misinterpret the conclusion of the researchers.

Then you insult the researchers.

Then you accuse me of asserting that religion is a result of brain damage.

Did you even pause to think it is amazing what science has learned ?

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