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At 02:27 PM 16/01/02 -0500, "Francesca S. Alcorn" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>>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 incessantly.
>>It's a patch, but evolution is like that, patch upon patch.
> 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 structure.
>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.
I don't have the reference to it at hand, but it is mentioned in
Gazzaniga's Social Brain book. There is a tiny temporal lobe area that if
it is burned out a person's religious *stability* is destroyed. I.e., such
people can change religions as often as underware.
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