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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.
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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