Re: Has anybody read this book?

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    At 02:27 PM 16/01/02 -0500, "Francesca S. Alcorn" <>
    >>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.
    >>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 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.

    Keith Henson

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