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Spirituality Spot Found in Brain
Live Science ^ | 24 December 2008 | Robin Nixon

Posted on 12/24/2008 1:09:17 PM PST by CE2949BB

What makes us feel spiritual? It could be the quieting of a small area in our brains, a new study suggests.

The area in question — the right parietal lobe — is responsible for defining "Me," said researcher Brick Johnstone of Missouri University. It generates self-criticism, he said, and guides us through physical and social terrains by constantly updating our self-knowledge: my hand, my cocktail, my witty conversation skills, my new love interest ...

People with less active Me-Definers are more likely to lead spiritual lives, reports the study in the current issue of the journal Zygon.

(Excerpt) Read more at livescience.com ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Religion; Science; Society
KEYWORDS: brain; faithandphilosophy; scientism; spirituality
This may be controversial.
1 posted on 12/24/2008 1:09:18 PM PST by CE2949BB
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To: CE2949BB

Breathing is controversial to some.


2 posted on 12/24/2008 1:17:30 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: springtime4hillary
The post is based on a study in Zygon. It has been published for decades, IIRC. It is a respected journal.
4 posted on 12/24/2008 1:19:35 PM PST by CE2949BB (Fight.)
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To: CE2949BB

I don’t get it.


5 posted on 12/24/2008 1:23:41 PM PST by snarks_when_bored
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To: CE2949BB

They call it quieting the “monkey Mind”..


6 posted on 12/24/2008 1:33:11 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (TAZ:Untamed, Unpredictable, Uninhibited.)
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To: CE2949BB

Actually they didn’t discover the spot that makes you feel spiritual...They discovered what has to be overcome first.


7 posted on 12/24/2008 1:34:10 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (TAZ:Untamed, Unpredictable, Uninhibited.)
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To: snarks_when_bored

For those of us who believe we have a spirit, not just a soul of behavior mechanism, there would naturally be some means by which the spirit influences the beahvior mechanism, some spacetime structure somehow tuned to the spiritual ‘frequencies’.


8 posted on 12/24/2008 1:36:40 PM PST by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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Toning down dissonance from the soul would be essential to ‘hearing the still small voice’ ...


9 posted on 12/24/2008 1:37:29 PM PST by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: CE2949BB

This isn’t the spirituality spot; it’s the original sin spot—activity here makes one less likely to be spiritual.


10 posted on 12/24/2008 2:11:44 PM PST by Philo-Junius (One precedent creates another. They soon accumulate and constitute law.)
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To: CE2949BB

seems like junk science.

so if someone votes for conservatives, the federal officials will order a spirit-ectomy of the brain.


11 posted on 12/24/2008 2:23:46 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Breathing is controversial to some.

muslims are against non-muslims doing that. Meanwhile here at home the RATs feel that only the entitled should be allowed to breathe and everyone else should have to pay for it, the moderates aren't sure if it's a good or a bad thing and conservatives think that breathing is a God given right.

12 posted on 12/24/2008 2:35:31 PM PST by fella (.He that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough." Pv.28:19')
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To: fella

You got my intent 100%. ;-)


13 posted on 12/24/2008 3:10:26 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: CE2949BB
The greatest silencing of the Me-Definer likely happens in the deepest states of meditation or prayer, said Johnstone, when practitioners describe feeling seamless with the entire universe. That is, the highest point of spiritual experience occurs when "Me" completely loses its definition.

Wouldn't that make the "me definer" spot the anti-spiritual spot?

14 posted on 12/24/2008 4:32:11 PM PST by TigersEye (I threw my shoe at Mohammed and hit Allah in the butt.)
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To: CE2949BB

Only controversial to those who use it for reductionism.

Otherwise it’s like saying ears are necessary for music appreciation.


15 posted on 12/24/2008 4:39:51 PM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: CE2949BB

Whoa. . .quick glance at the headline and I thought I’d read; “Spirituality Found in Britain”

Boy. . .had me going for a moment, I thought the Empire was making a comeback.


16 posted on 12/24/2008 5:04:11 PM PST by Hulka
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