Re: Has anybody read this book?

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Date: Wed Jan 16 2002 - 19:27:03 GMT

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    >Do this long enough, give it enough of an advantage, and you get
    >genes building a place in the brain to accept religious class memes.
    >If you dig about in the literature the location (temporal lobe) is
    >known. Seizures in this area are connected to extreme religious
    >feelings and (for unknown reasons) to "hypergraphia," writing
    >It's a patch, but evolution is like that, patch upon patch.
    >Keith Henson

      Hi Keith,

    But in the Nova program I saw with Ramachandran, he includes two
    cases, one where there was damage to the temporal lobe, and the guy
    was unable to "recognize" his own parents - sure they looked like his
    parents, but they didn't elicit the emotional response, and so he
    began saying they indeed *weren't* his parents.

    The other guy had temporal lobe seizures which he experienced as
    deeply religious and spiritual in nature - *everything* that he
    looked at was meaningful, and deeply so.

    So it seems to me that the religious experience may arrive out of a
    meaning-attributing process, which may be part of a pre-verbal brain

    Of course this is from seeing a show on TV, which I couldn't go back
    to and look up to be certain that he was relating the two cases in
    the same way I am, so I could be wrong. Now *he* is someone who
    should write a book about the religious impulse.


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