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Religion: Biological Accident, Adaptation — or Both

By Brandon Keim

WiredMarch 09, 2009

Whether or not God exists, thinking about Him or Her doesn’t require divinely dedicated neurological wiring.

Instead, religious thoughts run on brain systems used to figure out what other people are thinking and feeling.

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One Response to Religion: Biological Accident, Adaptation — or Both

  1. Here’s another link on this:

    Scientists Locate ‘God Spot’ in Human Brain

    Brain scans showed that participants fell back on higher thought patterns when reacting to religious statements, whether trying to figure out God’s thoughts and emotions or thinking about metaphorical meaning behind religious teachings.

    “That suggests that religion is not a special case of a belief system, but evolved along with other belief and social cognitive abilities,” said Jordan Grafman, a cognitive neuroscientist at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in Bethesda, Maryland.

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