What IS the God Spot – Is It Real? Do All People Have God Spots – Even Atheists?

What Is the God Spot?

First of all, what exactly is meant by “God Spot?” Research shows that University of California neuroscientists discovered what they described as a very tiny area in the frontal lobe of the brain that they believed activated during religious experiences. Named "The God Spot," it was believed to be a particular tiny nerve center in the brain with the specific purpose of communicating with God.

Neuroscientists discovered this “God Spot” nerve center while they were studying epileptic patients who reported intense mystical experiences during their seizures.

Parts of the Brain Affected by Prayer

Scan on left is not contemplating God while scan on right is in prayer.  Red areas show activity in language center of brain.
Scan on left is not contemplating God while scan on right is in prayer. Red areas show activity in language center of brain. | Source
Various parts of the brain.
Various parts of the brain.

Neurotheology

Neurotheology is a relatively new field of science that is trying to determine if religion and spiritual experiences have a biological basis in our brains. In other words, are humans hard wired to be religious? Do humans have a direct link to God, and does God have a direct link to humans, embedded in their brains? How does prayer or being religious affect the human brain? Are the affects of religion and prayer visible in the physical structure of the brain?

Researchers have done numerous studies involving hundreds of participants in an effort to determine what parts of the brain, if any, are affected when a person prays. They want to learn and understand if religion makes a difference that can be seen on a scan of the brain.

Researchers want to know if a particular religion, or no religion, makes a difference that can be seen in the brain, or if religion in general makes a difference in the brain regardless of one’s denomination or religious persuasion. They want to learn if frequency of praying or if length of the prayer makes a visible difference in the brain. Researchers are hoping to learn if prayer (or meditation) must last for a particular duration to have visible affects, either positive or negative, on the brain.

Prayer; Both The Most Common Alternative and The Most Common Accompaniment To Medical Intervention

When facing difficult health issues and choices, people of all religions turn to prayer or meditation, whether they decide to proceed with medical intervention or not.

Many studies have been done by a variety of methods in an attempt to discover not only if prayer and religion affect the brain directly, but also whether prayer has more effect on the person praying, or on the person being prayed for.

Researchers have conducted studies to determine what if any noticeable benefits resulted from people praying for improvement of their own medical condition, if family and friends praying for improvement of their medical condition made a difference, and if strangers praying for someone made a difference in that person’s medical condition.

Scientists also want to know if one type of prayer is more beneficial than another. In other words, is there more benefit when a person prays a particular prayer, or can a person simply talk to God like they would talk to a friend? Does meditation have as good a result as prayer? Do positive thoughts about a person’s condition by family and friends or by one’s self produce results equal to or better than praying to God?

A variety of measures have been utilized in an effort to find scientific proof that praying makes a difference to people facing health issues. Sometimes blood pressure was measured, sometimes anxiety levels were measured, and even the number of doctor visits a patient made was taken into consideration.

The success of prayer by any means can be very difficult to measure exactly because there are so many variables. Does it matter how reverent the petitioner of the prayer is? Does it matter how close the person praying is to a place of worship while they are praying? Does it matter how close in physical or emotional proximity the petitioner is to the person they are praying for? These questions remain unanswered, but researchers are working to find the answers.

Some studies show that when a person prays for themselves, for guidance, help in confronting problems, etc., that they do receive emotional and psychological benefits. Some studies show that the prayers of people who have a connection to the person being prayed for do make a difference. Some studies show that when strangers pray for strangers there is no perceivable affect.

Neuro-imaging Has Changed The Way Scientists Can Study The Human Brain

A large community of neurotheologists, neurologists, and psychologists from all over the world are now involved in studying how the brain is affected during prayer and meditation

There has been interest in and studies of how religion affects the brain since the 50s, but one important new technological advance that is available to researchers now is neuro-imaging of a living, working brain.

Even back in the 50s and 60s, scientists knew that a person’s brain waves change when they meditate or pray, but they were unable to determine exactly which regions of the brain turn on, or off, and which brain circuits become active when people believe they are in contact with God. Neuro-imaging of the brain has changed that and now it is possible to determine which parts of the brain are involved during meditation and/or prayer, and which areas become quiet.

David Wulff of Wheaton College in Massachusetts is quoted by Sharon Begley in The Daily Beast, as saying, ‘”Spiritual experiences are so consistent across cultures, across time and across faiths, that it "suggest[s] a common core that is likely a reflection of structures and processes in the human brain."’

Of course everything a person sees, hears, smells, or experiences in any way is reflected in their brain, so it should not be a surprise that religious experiences are reflected there as well. Even a person’s thoughts affect the physical structure of the brain, which is why scientists have been promoting positive thinking.

What scientists want to learn is why religious experiences have the unique qualities they appear to have. They want to learn whether or not any human can have these same profound experiences of being one with the universe (as some people have described it) or of communing or being close to God (as other people have described it) regardless of their specific religion, or denomination, or lack of religion.

Prayer Changes The Brain

Richard Davidson, a neuroscientist and lab director at the University of Wisconsin in Madison says, ‘"You can sculpt your brain just as you'd sculpt your muscles if you went to the gym. Our brains are continuously being sculpted, whether you like it or not, wittingly or unwittingly."’ This is true whether you pray or meditate or not. Everything our brain processes affects our brain and makes or causes actual physical changes to our brain.

Dr. Davidson references many studies on the subject of neurotheology, but one study in particular where employees at a high-tech firm meditated a few minutes a day over a few weeks, produced the most dramatic results -- "Just two months' practice among rank amateurs led to a systematic change in both the brain as well as the immune system in more positive directions," Davidson said. It seems the group that meditated developed more antibodies to a flu virus than their counterparts who did not meditate.

Gail Ironson, a professor, and AIDS researcher at the University of Miami in Florida, conducting a study on how prayer affects people with AIDS concluded that while it was important for patients to take their medications correctly, results of her studies showed that people who turned to God benefitted more from that act, both physically and mentally, than they did from the medications they were taking. That’s a pretty powerful statement. Further, people who did not feel a connection to God did not benefit as much, or at all.

Barbara Bradley Hagerty, who wrote the report writes, “Ironson calls the finding extraordinary. She was one of the first researchers to connect a patient's approach to God to specific chemical changes in the body.”

Does Prayer Have A Positive Effect on Other People Too? Can We Affect The Health of Other People Through Our Positive Thoughts and Prayers?

On the other hand, Richard Sloan, professor of Behavioral Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, says there is no indication or proof that strangers praying for strangers has any effect, much less a positive affect on anyone’s health.

Some researchers believe the reason strangers praying for strangers has little or no effect is because there is no personal connection between the praying and the prayed for. The question then becomes, can a person pray for a loved one and get better results?

Three dozen studies have been conducted by credible, respected universities, and all have had the same results. When people have a connection such as husband and wife, there is a definite reaction. Studies have not been done with persons who have other connections, such as siblings, parents and children, cousins, and other relationships, so there is not scientific proof that a connection other than husband and wife would get the same results. Even so, scientists are optimistic that having a connection would matter.

Then one might ask, would a friendship connection have the same effect when there is no genetic or blood tie to the person being prayed for. Might a friendship connection be a better connection when family members are not close or if they are estranged? If the family members are not close, but are estranged, would that cancel out the advantage of the “connection” and have the same results as if the prayed for and the people praying were strangers?

Andrew Newberg, M.D., a neuroscientist who is also the Director of Research at the Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Medical College, an Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies, and an Associate Professor of Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, believes that meditation and prayer reduce stress and improve memory. Says Newberg, “Religion and spirituality do help to lower a person’s feelings of depression, anxiety, [and] gives them some meaning in life, helps them to cope with things . . .”

Newberg further says that the “kind of God you worship can affect the structure of your brain.” However, “Newberg has made another discovery, a controversial one, that our belief system, how we view God, can make a huge difference in how it affects our well being. If we believe in a loving God it can have a positive effect, even prolong our lives. But believing in a judgmental, authoritarian God can produce fear, anger, and stress, and that’s not healthy (PBS).

According to Newberg, anger and hatred have a negative effect on a person’s mental and physical well being as well as on society as a whole.

Summary: Does A God Spot Exist In Humans? Even Atheists?

Brick Johnstone, professor of health psychology in the School of Health Professions at Missouri University says the “God Spot” is not isolated to just one area of the brain. Johnstone says spirituality is complex and recent studies show it involves multiple areas of the brain.

Reported in the Huff Post April 20, 2012: “ . . . research does not make claims about spiritual truths but demonstrates the way that the brain allows for different kinds of spiritual experiences that Christians might name God, [for] Buddhists it could be Nirvana, and for atheists it might be the feeling of being connected to the earth.”

This would seem to be a very complicated subject indeed, and various studies have in some cases shown mixed results when it comes to the efficacy of prayer, the importance of the connection the prayer has to the subject of the prayer, and even how different people are affected depending on their religious beliefs. Yes, and some studies are even in opposition to each other regarding the physical changes the brain undergoes when spirituality of any kind is involved.

I hope everyone will follow the links throughout this hub so that you will have a complete picture of what this is all about so far as what is understood about the God Spot, or God Spots, as some people refer to them, at this moment.

Be aware that as more studies are conducted and more knowledge is gained on this subject, as well as the means of measuring and studying this subject improve; a clearer more definitive understanding of this issue should emerge.


Updated Information October 20, 2012

Since publishing the above report, new information has become available, mainly in the form of a video that shows and explains the changes in the brain during prayer and meditation.

Dr. Andrew Newberg, Director of Research at the Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University and Medical College, says the frontal lobes where the language center of the brain is located, reacts the same way during prayer or meditation as it does during conversation.

The photo at the top, right side, of this page showing red areas in the brain indicate that the person whose brain is being scanned believes they are in a conversation with another person. When the brains of people who do not believe in God are scanned as they contemplate God, there is no such indication.

I recommend that you follow this link and watch the video for a better and more in depth explanation of this phenomenon.

© 2012 C E Clark

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Au fait 19 months ago from North Texas Author

Mary (tillsontitan), thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts on this article. In fact science has shown that people who do not believe in any God can make a difference with positive thoughts. So the answer is yes, everyone has a so-called 'God Spot.'

I try not to put too much of my own opinions or ideas into my articles, but I know I am more successful with some than with others. I try to simply gather all the information that is now out there in a multitude of places and put it together into one convenient article.

Thank you for your high praise, and for the votes.


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Au fait 19 months ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Patricia (pstraubie48) for reading and sharing your thoughts on this issue, also for the votes, the pin, and the share. Angels are always welcome.

As this issue continues to be studied, who knows what will be discovered next? Science, by its nature has often had to backtrack as new discoveries are made. It has made some great breakthroughs, but we are still barely scratching the surface in so many areas. Think you might like my article "Can Science Prove God Exists or Does Not Exist?"


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tillsontitan 19 months ago from New York

You never disappoint Au Fait. I know when I read one of our hubs I will learn something and you will provide lots of resources to prove what you are writing. Your research helps to bolster your views or opinions.

Now on to the content of this hub. Very interesting indeed, probably more so for those of us who believe in God and prayer. We feel prayer helps any situation and having scientific backing just makes it more reasonable for us to pray.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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pstraubie48 19 months ago from sunny Florida

Au Fait It was interesting to me that some believe that prayer and positive energy directed toward those with whom we have no real connection reaps no benefit. There is no 'evidence' that it makes a difference. But on a personal level, I disagree with that supposition. Because while there is no 'proof' that it works, there is none against either.

I will continue to pray for everyone in my own little way and to send them positive energy and know that God blesses them.

Another thought provoking topic early this morning Angels are on the way to you this morning AuFait

Voted up++++ and pinned to Awesome HubPages shared


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Au fait 22 months ago from North Texas Author

You are most welcome Lady Guinevere. I hope it will help you when you work on editing your hubs. Sometimes a person may not have time to do a lot of editing and yet there may be time to check some spelling or sentence structure for a few minutes. By going to edit mode one can spend whatever time one has improving their hub and the date they did that will appear on the article just above where people vote on one's hub. Better to do a little editing here and there as time permits than to do none because no large blocks of time are available.

Also, where applicable one can add new information on the hub's subject. I have several I need to do that on. In the edit mode, right side column near the bottom, you will see "organize your content." Click on that. It will allow you to add more capsules, and/or rearrange the capsules already there. You may want to put all your new info at the beginning of your article where it will be immediately noticed, or at the bottom, or you may want to incorporate it into the entire article. It's easy when you can manipulate the number of capsules, and the order of the capsules. You can add or change photographs and all kinds of things.

No need to unpublish, and I strongly recommend you not unpublish unless you are removing the hub permanently. Even then, I would sooner change the title and content of the capsules rather than unpublish permanently or at all, so that I don't lose all those page views. No, the URL will not likely match the title anymore if you change the content completely, but Google will eventually get it straightened out and all will be fine.

Also in the edit mode you can add a copyright notice. You'll find that on the right side of the edit page at the bottom of the column (Display options).

You have some very interesting articles and I know you've put a lot of work into them, so keep them published while you work on them. Your changes won't show until you click on "done editing." Anyone who might happen to read your article as you're working on it will see the 'old' version until you click 'done editing.'


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Lady Guinevere 22 months ago from West Virginia

Oh, I did not know this and thank you so much for tell me this.


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Au fait 22 months ago from North Texas Author

Lady Guinevere, thank you again for stopping by. There is no need to 'unpublish' a hub in order to edit it, change it, add to it, or remove things from it. All that can be cone in edit mode. When you unpublish a hub you lose all the views it has received and it must start all over with Google regarding age so that younger articles by other people will pass it by in seniority.

A lot of people don't seem to understand that we are paid more for high quality views than for low quality views. I'm not positive on how they determine the difference between them, but views from some places are not valued as much by Google or HP for some reason.


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Lady Guinevere 22 months ago from West Virginia

Yeah, those "green" articles. I just updated a few of my hubs today and re-published them. They do need to find a way to have them show up when we edit them on our newsfeeds so that others can read them...even if it is again. Then again we should be able to get paid for every comment even if they had comented before.


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Au fait 22 months ago from North Texas Author

Lady Guinevere, thank you for taking time to read this 'old' hub. ;) The information is still current and we are to write 'green' articles, yes? Admittedly many of my articles now need updates, but unfortunately, there are still only 24 hours in each day, and it's all I can do to find time as it is. I want to get them updated though because I feel the new material is important for keeping people informed. Thanks again for coming by. Glad you enjoyed this article!


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Lady Guinevere 22 months ago from West Virginia

This is an excellent hub albeit it is 2 years old. We are all made the same amd for the most part all have the same physical make-up and brain structures.


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Au fait 22 months ago from North Texas Author

Kiss and Tales, thank you for sharing this article with your family. I'm so glad they enjoyed it!

I have 3 articles on poverty and homeless people. If you go to my profile page and scan down my list of hubs you will see they are all there. You're probably thinking of the most recent one which is #10 down from the top on my profile page.

I'm glad you have an interest in my articles on poverty and homelessness as we need to address these issues in this country. Sadly, most people are disinterested -- until they join the homeless, and then no one cares what they think anymore.

If you still have problems finding the articles you're looking for send me an email and I'll get the URLs for them to you. Thank you again . .


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Kiss andTales 22 months ago

Thank you I have shared your hub with my family they enjoyed it as well!

I wanted to also ask you about the hub of the homeless what happen to that ! I wanted to comment on that hub again with new info about where they are putting homeless people that are arrested. In F,camps .


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Au fait 22 months ago from North Texas Author

Kiss and Tales, thank you for taking time to read and comment on this article. So glad you enjoyed it!


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Kiss andTales 22 months ago

Great hub! I think that man has stumbled on a small piece of treasure in truth about the brain ,since we only use a small percent of it our knowledge is limited. But it is a wonderful acknowledgement of how God almighty saved a small space for himself to visit us in our minds and hearts.

Reference Bible Jer 17:10 I, Jehovah, am searching the heart, examining the kidneys, even to give to each one according to his ways, according to the fruitage of his dealings.

This is true!


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for airing your concerns, Sam. Kurzweil is an idiot. His theories are crazy ridiculous. As you have said, even the science community gives him no credence, so why do you? Do you think Kurzweil is smarter than all the scientists in the world even though he himself likely has no science training beyond what you or I have?

There is nothing in Revelation about Kurzweil unless you consider that all through the Bible we are warned that idiots will come forth from time to time to convince of us of crazy ridiculous things that have no basis in logic or reality.

Upload people's consciousness onto a computer? First tell me Sam, how much space does a person's consciousness take up? How much does it weigh? Have you ever seen one of these 'consciousness' things separated from a human or other creature? What do they look like?

Before a person's consciousness can be uploaded it must be identified and trapped so that it can't sneakily ooze out before it can be copied onto a disc or into a computer of something. Do you see how ridiculous all this sounds?

A person's consciousness does not, so far as anyone knows, have any physical properties. Can you record love or hate onto a disc? Just the emotion and nothing else. Why can't we record emotions unattached to any person or animal onto a disc? How would you do that? Would you invent a super computer that would suck people's emotions right out of them like the Death Eaters did in Harry Potter?

Have you ever thought about exactly what 'consciousness' is? How do you think it would be copied onto a computer hard drive? Kurzweil is an idiot. His idiocy is the only thing -- if anything about him does -- that relates to the end times.

Hope you are well . .


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samowhamo 2 years ago

The reason why I brought up that comment about Kurzweil is because I have been reading some things lately about the end times. I now kind of have reason to think that this singularity thing may actually have something to do with the end times. For example in the Book of Revelations it says that there will be people who will seek to die but death will not come for them. It also says that there will be people who will view God as an oppressor and seek to break free of his bondage but God will scoff at them. As I have said before Kurzweil wants to make people immortal by making people cyborgs and by uploading their consciousness onto a computer making humans post-biological beings. What if these people cyborg people and uploaded people are the people who will seek to break free of God's bondage and who will seek to die but death will not come for them that the Bible talks about.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Shyron, for commenting and sharing your thoughts and for the votes and share. Blessing to you and your family too!


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Au fait, I love this article. I know I may have said that before, but I really mean it. Prayer is the strongest life-line to God, I don't know any any other way to say that. I also love reading the comments of other hubbers.

Voted up, UABI and shared

God Bless you my dear friend.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for stopping by Sam (Samowhamo).

The people who did these studies and who continue to do them are Christians and merely curious to see if they could prove scientifically that there is a 'God Spot' in our brains.

If you read this in it's entirety you know that prayer has different affects depending on whether or not you have a connection to the person you're praying for.

I think you are seeing little green men everywhere you look -- Kurzweilians. There really aren't that many of them and I think I would wait until we can cure all those things that limit the length of our lives before I would get too concerned about people who think they can make people live forever just by thinking it or writing about it. They're going to have to make some huge scientific break throughs like curing the common cold, the flu, cancer, and MUCH more.

If even the scientific community is criticizing Kurzweil, I would hardly give him any credence. He sounds like a nut case to me who knows how to get other uninformed people to give him money. Kurzweil is smart about human nature and money, but stupid about science.


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samowhamo 2 years ago

This reminds me of some things that singularitarians (people who believe in Ray Kurzweil and his ideas of singularity) have said quite a few times. There were these two atheists (both of which were singularitarians) and they were talking about religion. One of them said that religious (and maybe spiritual) beliefs are childish and that if we humans are to survive our childhood as a species people need to embrace these new technologies that singularitarians talk about.

These singularitarians call our religious beliefs childish and yet they themselves seem to believe that they can make God (or something god-like) real using science and technology. I can't tell you how many times I have heard these people say things like how these technologies and the singularity will make us gods or god-like. Ray Kurzweil himself has even said that singularity will be used to infuse the universe with spirit so that we ourselves and the universe can be like God. Ray Kurzweil has even admitted that there are similarities between his ideas and some of the things that The Book of Revelations says.

These people don't believe in God and yet they think they can make God real using science and technology and they dare call our beliefs childish. What's to stop someone from saying there beliefs are childish or even cult-like. They deny that there movement is a cult but often times it seems like it is a cult. No wonder Ray Kurzweil and his ideas have been criticized by both the media and the scientific community.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Barbara Kay, for reading and sharing your thoughts on this issue. I saw a news story on Yahoo News about the man you're talking about who discovered he was the person in his family with the brain scan of a psychopath.

I think it's a different part of the brain that scientists are studying regarding the "God Spot." The God Spot really has no purpose other than communicating with a higher being or consciousness.

This thing that is missing from the man's brain is that part which helps people to have compassion for others. Generally psychopaths have no ability for compassion for any living thing and the man you mentioned admitted that he doesn't feel things the way other 'normal' people do.

Thank you again for taking time to read and comment!


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA

I watched a show on TV about research they did on murderers. They found that they were missing an area of the brain that was in normal people. They thought that this area must be where the conscience is.

The most interesting thing about the show was that the doctor doing the research had an ancestor that was such a cruel murderer that her name was well known. He decided to check the brain in each person in his family to see if that part of the brain was missing in any of them.

Guess whose brain had the missing part - his! He decided that since he had such a loving upbringing that it could prevent someone from becoming a murderer.

I wonder if this spot and the God spot might be the same thing. I guess doctors don't know a whole lot about the brain yet.

This is an interesting article.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Shyron, for helping me out with that Bible verse. I knew it was in their somewhere, just couldn't remember where.


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samowhamo 3 years ago

Thank you Shyron I never knew that before. :)


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

Sam (samowhamo) Isaiah 30:6 The burden of the beast of the Sout: into the land of trouble and anguish, from whence come the young and old lion, the viper and the "fiery flying serpent,"

That is the King James version, but I am also a Catholic, my grandma belonged to the Church of Christ.

Hope you have a good nights sleep Au fait.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

The Catholic Bible is no different than the traditional King James version Bible except that it has a few more books in it. I've read a couple of those books and they're pretty interesting.

My instructor in my divinity studies lectured about it in one of my classes. I don't know for a fact where it is in the Bible but it makes sense to me. That makes it easier to get up into the tree and if it was an ugly old snake like most I've seen, I sure wouldn't listen to it and I'd avoid it like the plague. Makes sense that it beguiled Eve because it was beautiful. Wings could make it beautiful, but legs sure wouldn't help. I'd just be more afraid it could run faster than me. ;)

Now, I'm having an early sleep becaue las' night I didn't sleep worth a darn.


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samowhamo 3 years ago

Hey Au Fait just out of curiosity where does the Bible say the serpent had wings. I have read the story a few times but I have never noticed a part where it says the serpent had wings. Maybe I am not reading the right version of the Bible my Bible is a catholic Bible that my grandmother left me before she died.


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samowhamo 3 years ago

Well for tonight I am but tomorrow is going be a very busy day because the move is either on Saturday or Sunday most likely Saturday. Again I am sorry for the misunderstanding thank you Au Fait for understanding and God bless. :)


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

No problem Sam. Be sure to read the one about if science can prove God or not before commenting. ;) Guess you're taking a breather between hauling loads of stuff to your new trailer?


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samowhamo 3 years ago

I apologize Au Fait I actually put that comment in the wrong article I meant to put it in the one about whether or not science could prove if God exists I deeply apologize for the misunderstanding.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for stopping by Sam. I think you didn't read this considering your remarks. Science has a long way to go. It can't even figure out how to cure diabetes, cancer, heart disease, of the common cold at this point in time. Many of the things science has figured out have had to be modified or changed, which means they didn't figure them out at all and they may have to be changed again.

Science has made life better in many ways, but it seems to have it's limitations in the way of the human brain and what that brain can accomplish.

Actually the snake that tempted Eve didn't have legs, it had wings and it was beautiful, making it all the more tempting.

Your father is right in that there are amazing creations all around us that could not possibly have just happened by accident.

I look forward to reading whatever you choose to write about. I'm sure it will be interesting and informative. Hope your move is going well with no major hitches. Take care . .


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samowhamo 3 years ago

Hey Au Fait I just wanted to tell you that I can still leave and respond to comments but until we move and get settled in I can't write anymore articles just for now but I will after the move. We are going to be a bit more busier the next couple of days packing and on Saturday are cable and internet connection will be cut off at least until later that Saturday night (maybe a bit longer but the earliest time we will have them back on is later on Saturday night) and we will be officially moved out of our old trailer and into our new trailer by Saturday or Sunday.


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samowhamo 3 years ago

I believe that science (if used properly) can uncover the mysteries of God and nature. For example the Bible says that snakes once had legs but lost them as a result of the curse when the serpent tempted Adam and Eve to eat the forbidden fruit well paleontologists have found fossil evidence that snakes (or at least certain species of them) did in fact have legs. My dad even told me once that he thinks a person would have to be crazy not to believe in God and the reason being is because of humans themselves. He says that we humans are such complex creatures that we really shouldn't exist and today scientists have proven that humans are the most complex life forms on Earth. I have been thinking about writing other kinds of articles about different animals (zoology) I am still going to write about paleontology and herpetology there are still plenty of topics about paleontology and herpetology but eventually I will run low so if I am going to be a member of hubpages for as long as I plan to (as I said in a previous comment I am going to be on hubpages a long time) I need more topics so I am going to write things about animals and zoology too. Zoology is probably what I am going to do as a career since I like animals.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts whonunuwho.

The God Spot refers to a part of the brain especially conducive to communication with God. Faith is independent of communication. One may have faith and then choose to communicate with God as a result, but faith and communication are not the same thing.

Nor is the God Spot the same as strong faith. It is believed by some people to exist for the purpose of speeding communication between God and human (sort of like the red telephone the president was said to have a few years back if he wanted to talk to the head of Russia in an emergency). Like a flight with no stopovers, or a phone line that goes straight to the source with no secretaries and automated messages in between. A direct link between God and each individual human is what the God Spot is believed to be.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Jo_Goldsmith11, thank you for reading and commenting on this hub, and for voting on it and sharing it too! The Higgs Boson is the God Particle and should not be confused with the God Spot, which is what this article is about. If you tell someone you have a God Particle in your head they might thing you were talking about a Higgs Boson in your head! ;) Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I tend to agree that God is just too complicated for science at this time.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Shyron for your fantastic votes and for pinning this hub, and last but not least, for being such a great friend.

Yes, we are to go into a quiet room and be alone with our Father in Heaven when we pray, but sometimes we need a little picker upper, and there is nothing to stop us from silent prayer wherever we happen to be.

The reason Jesus recommended the quiet solitary room is because we are to pray and seek His guidance and counsel sincerely and genuinely, not pray loudly to be seen and heard of men, hoping to benefit somehow by others seeing and hearing us and thereby judging us to be pious because we are praying so loud, and publicly, seeking attention.

We are to seek God earnestly and sincerely, not use Him for our own benefit by showing off to other people.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

mperrotet, thank you for reading, voting on, sharing/pinning this hub and especially for sharing your thoughts on this controversial subject. I agree with what you wrote regarding perspective about God.


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whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States

An interesting hub and one that draws much attention. It is no accident that when some have prayed and in strongest faith, a miraculous healing has occurred and unexplainable by the physicians who once saw a death warrant later to be completely changed and a healed individual from cancer, or some other deadly disease. Call it what you may. a "God Spot" or strong faith, healing does occur. Perhaps the most amazing and unexplained part of death is the often recounted testimonies by many who have come back from death and told of beautiful sights and visits with God, angelic beings and loved ones. There are some things under heaven and in this earth that may never be explained. All the better...why should we know everything. A nice and interesting work. whonu


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Jo_Goldsmith11 3 years ago

Wow. This is so interesting. Well researched and detailed information with great sources to back your article up. I voted this up+++ and shared. I don't think Science will ever learn the truth about this "God particle". Science and faith are two unmeasurable ideas, thoughts. Interesting reading tho. :-)


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

Wonderful hub, I had to read again.

You asked does it matter where we pray. In the King James Bible Matthew 6:6 it says you go into the closet, shut the door and then pray.

Voted up, Beautiful, Awesome, Interesting and Pinned.


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mperrottet 3 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

This article is so interesting all the way through. I especially find it fascinating how your view of god affects your well being. It comes as no surprise to me that if you believe god is vengeful and judgmental it produces stress, and that belief in a loving god is beneficial. Great article - voted up, useful, and interesting - I'm sharing this and posting it on my Pinterest account.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Vespawoolf, thank you for reading and commenting on this hub, and for your kind compliments. More than anything, this hub is intended to educate people about what the science community is doing in this area and what the findings are so far. New information and knowledge on a variety of different things shapes and reshapes our world and our cultures continually.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Kasman for reading, commenting, and voting on this hub! Truly, there is nothing like feeling of being surrounded by God. Glad you enjoyed this article!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Paul Kuehn for reading, commenting, voting on, and especially for sharing/tweeting/etc. I very much appreciate your high praise also.

I don't know the answer to your question about born again Christians compared to zealots. Perhaps science will discover the answer in these studies of the God Spot. ;)


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

This is indeed a very complex subject and one that could be debated endlessly. Thank you for sharing so much information. This Hub is well-researched and well-written, leaving the reader open to reach their own conclusion.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for stopping by, moonlake!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thanks for stopping by Pinkchic18.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

baja2013, thank you for reading and commenting on this article. I agree with you completely. In addition to knowing so little about the human brain and space, there are the deepest jungles of Africa and the deepist parts of the oceans that we have yet to thoroughly explore. Even though we have been learning for centuries we have only scratched the surface -- there is still so very much more to discover and learn!


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Kasman 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

I love the fact that God puts his thumbprint on pretty much everything, including our brains. The fact is that the God spot could be a very legitimate thing in terms of our praying. Not only is my conversation with Jesus completely rich in terms of quality, but the amazing sensations I get could line up with what is being discussed on this. Great hub, voting up!


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

Au fait,

This is an awesome well-written and well-researched hub. My parents taught me to believe in the power of prayer. It has helped me in the past, and I know it will help me and my loved ones in the future. I would be interested in knowing whether religious zealots who overnight become born again Christians have a God spot larger than ordinary people. Voted up and sharing with followers and on Facebook. Also Pinning and Tweeting.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

Very interesting hub. Voted up.


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Pinkchic18 3 years ago from Minnesota

Very interesting article!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you KenWu, for reading, commenting, and voting so generously on this hub and for your high praise. I'm glad you enjoyed this hub and I hope you will find time to follow the link. It doesn't take long and is very interesting, showing how prayer affects the brain. You get to watch the scan for yourself and see first hand how the brain reacts to prayer.


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baja2013 3 years ago from Sarajevo, Bosnia

Human brain is so unique and developed organ that impress scientist almost every day. I believe that there is 90% of its capabilities are unexplored and many discoveries are still waiting.

Like in space research, we just started.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

rasta1, thank you for reading and commenting on this hub, and for sharing your thoughts!


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KenWu 3 years ago from Malaysia

Au Fait, this is a superb hub. Using science to find/trace the god (aspect) in human is very interesting. Regardless of religions or faiths, God is omnipotent and omnipresent and how we react or respond upon God is something that is very interesting, particular when science can show us that.

The link that you point out thorough the hub, got to save it for another time, too much to digest at the moment.

Voted up, interesting, useful, awesome and beautiful!


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rasta1 3 years ago from Jamaica

Human Beings are constantly in a state of being. The very nature of humans are spiritual. They have the intelligence to accept or refuse their state of being. At the end of the day their function of making choices is a subset of their spirituality.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you DeborahNeyens for commenting on this hub, and for your high praise. Glad you found it of interest.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Troyangeluk for commenting on this hub. Be sure to come back and finish it. There's a lot of interesting information in here, some of which might surprise you.


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DeborahNeyens 3 years ago from Iowa

Interesting. This is a well-written and well-researched hub. Great job!


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Troyangeluk 3 years ago from UK

This hub is very impressive, I just wanted to say fantastic efforts here, I haven't read it all yet but certainly will. I believe we all have a link to God within us and I believe even atheists need to be born with that part. They need it because life is free for choice and they will always need the option to embrace it if they choose too. Voted up etc


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Deborah-Diane for reading and commenting on this hub! This was a very interesting hub to research and I'm looking forward to more findings in the future.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Peggy W for reading, commenting, voting on, and especially for sharing this hub! Very interesting research indeed and of course the studies will have to be repeated many times before anything concrete can be determined. I thought it was interesting too, that praying for strangers has little or no affect on their situations/conditions.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you again TycoonSam. I'd forgotten I put the video in here!


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

This was a very interesting article. I have always known that prayer benefited me by bringing me comfort and peace of mind. It is interesting to know that it might also have a positive effect on my loved ones. Thanks. I was fascinated by your Hub.


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TycoonSam 3 years ago from Washington, MI

The link to the video in your hub for a better and more in depth explanation of this phenomenon.

Great video!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment/voting on this hub TycoonSam. What video are you referring to?


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TycoonSam 3 years ago from Washington, MI

This is an absolutely fascinating Hub! Thank you so much for sharing. On my way to watch the video now.

Voted up and interesting


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

This is very interesting research being done. Thanks for compiling it into a hub. At least from the current research, it debunks the theory of efficacy of praying for people who are not close to one. Too bad! Of course...that could change. This is exciting research! Our minds and bodies are closely integrated regarding our health and how we approach life. Belief in something greater than ourselves ( God or other names ) is a common belief throughout history. Just look at the different world religions. UUI votes and will share.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Zubair Ahmed for commenting on this hub and for sharing your thoughts! You should note however that I do not say in this hub that scientists have come to realize anything about God. In fact, I state that the God Spot is still scientifically unclear and unproven, with research and experiments continuing.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Shyron!


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

This is amazing and awesome, voted that way.


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Zubair Ahmed 3 years ago

another very interesting topic - as a Muslim I know and believe that everything in the universes is pre-programmed with the so called 'God Spot' not just in the brain but the whole human body and everything else in the universe is created with the ability to remember God (Allah). As it says in the Quran, one form of dhikr allah is tasbih or glorification of Allah. The Quran says that everything in the universe is busy in the tasbih of Allah:

The seven heavens and the earth and all that is in them glorify him and there is not a thing but declares his praise. But you do not understand their glorification. He is truly ever forbearing, oft forgiving. (17:44)

This means that the whole universe is like a huge mosque, in which dhikr of Allah is going on at all times. This includes even the bodies of all human beings.

The only place where the glorification of Allah is not going on is the consciousness of some human beings and other similar beings. But at some level even human beings are "aware" of Allah:

And consider [O man] your Lord brings forth from the children of Adam from their loins their seed and makes them testify to themselves -- “Am I not your Lord?” They say: “Yes, we bear witness (to that)” – lest they say on the day of resurrection: “Verily, we have been unaware of this.” (7:171)

Sorry for the rather long comment, but what science has just come to realise God revealed in the Quran 1400 years earlier.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for your comment Nicole S.


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Nicole S 4 years ago from Minnesota

Interesting hub here!


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you John Merrill for reading and commenting on my hub! You make a good point. Research seems to suggest that praying for strangers has no affect.


John Merrill 4 years ago

Very interesting as always. I find it of particular interest that people you have a connection with or are close to have a better chance of making a difference with their prayers than people you do not know or who don't know you.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Green Bard: Thank you for reading and commenting on this hub!

I've never needed any kind of substance to connect with God. He's been there from the moment I was born, though I'm surprised He's put up with me through so many things.

I really feel that if one can't find God in their heart, s/he is unlikely to find Him anywhere else either. There is no need to use substances to find God and there is nothing in the world like the feeling of God surrounding me. I would hope everyone could experience that feeling.


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Green Bard 4 years ago from Tenerife

Another excellent hub for which I have voted up and tagged as Interesting because it is! Personally I think we all have "God spots" but many people don't have theirs active. Entheogens and substances like ayahuasca can activate them which is why shamans use these things and why people report religious and healing experiences.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Diogenes, thank you for your comments and sharing your viewpoint. It really does boil down often times to one's viewpoint, yes?


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Civil War Bob, for reading, and commenting! Appreciate your time and your input. Don't forget, in addition to putting His spirit in us, He wrote the commandments in our hearts. Our bodies are His temple. If that's not enough, He saved our sorry, . . . well, let's just say He saved us and leave it there. Seems like we belong to Him like it or not . . . ;)


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

Misty. You seem to be getting such good attention for your articles lately, I would have thought your hub score would have risen faster...??

Bob xx


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for reading and commenting Shyron. I always appreciate you taking the time. I think we all need a God spot to turn this world around.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

dmop: Thank you for your comments and for adding to the discussion. I'm not sure when all is said and done that it is possible to measure the advantages of prayer. It will be interesting to wait and see . . .


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for your comments Claudia! Everything has always been intertwined, it's just taken humans this long to figure that out. Personally, I think God was and is a scientist.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Angela: Thank you for reading and commenting. Very much appreciate your input. Agree that it will be an interesting topic to keep up with!


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

Hiya Misty. There may be a few things just not worth measuring, too.

have a nice day

Bob


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Tillsontitan: Thank you for your compliment and comments. I think there are some things science simply can't measure. There is no experience that exceeds that of communing with God -- not even eating chocolate!


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thanks Tim. Very much appreciate all the compliments and glad you liked! :)


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Rina Pinto: Took your advice and went to Google. I'm thinking about it. Thank you for reading and commenting on my hub! You are very much appreciated as are all my readers.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Ely: Thank you for your comment!


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

whowas: Thank you for reading and commenting on my hub, and for your kind and encouraging compliments!


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

The only thing that is different is that scientists are studying how religion affects the brain. It's my opinion God is a scientist -- how else could He have created so many complicated things? Just one human or animal body part is beyond what most humans can manage. But, if you want to consider a belief in God to be an evolutionary improvement, so be it. Not for me to argue! :)

Thank you Diogenes, for you comments. Always provocative!


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Civil War Bob 4 years ago from Glenside, Pennsylvania

Good hub, Au fait...voted up, useful, interesting. I guess since God said He'd put His Spirit within us, the frontal lobe would be a good spot. Enjoy your day!


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Olde Cashmere: Thank you for your comments and encouragement! I think this is a fascinating subject also, and I look forward to any new developments that come from research.


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Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago

This is an awesome hub. I hope we all have a God spot or two.

And yes I do believe.


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

This one of the most interesting and reassuring articles I have read in some time. I am a strong believer in a higher power, but don't really stick to any specific religion. I know from experience that meditation has benefits for mental and physical well being. I know it on a personal level, but can't prove it. Hopefully these studies continue and the information obtained isn't obscured by those with personal interests. Fantastic Hub, voted all but funny and shared.


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico

What I find fascinating is how close religion and science are getting! I would have never thought of it 10 years ago when I was studying biochemistry. In that time, each subject spoke about different things and had nothing to do with one another. Today, they have many coincidences. Very interesting topic.


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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

Excellently written and researched Hub -- and I enjoyed every word. Will now definitely follow up on this -- interesting subject and concept. Voted up. Best/Sis


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Another one of your interesting topics! I wouldn't be at all surprised if prayer does affect our minds as it affects our hearts and souls. Great research on a 'new' and interesting topic! Voted up and interesting.


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tsmog 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

Amazing and fascinating article. Wonderfully prepared, thoroughly supported while prompting thought. I liked this article much, giving the old Siskel and Ebert two thumbs up (as so done). Thank you for bringing this interesting read to our attention.

Tim


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Rina Pinto 4 years ago from Dubai - UAE

Hope to read further... we are indeed His creation. i have also read that Laminin, is a cell which is an Important Protein that Looks Like a Cross-Truth! Google this out ..


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Ely Maverick 4 years ago from The Beautiful Archipelago of the Philippines

A communion with God will help renew our mindset. Prayers help in times of troubles that we'll encounter as the day comes.


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

Well put, whowas...

Bob


whowas 4 years ago

"Spiritual experiences are so consistent across cultures, across time and across faiths, that it suggest[s] a common core that is likely a reflection of structures and processes in the human brain"

It seems to me highly probable that religious experience is, as with all other experience, a by-product of neurological functionality. If it's a product of the brain, then it's a product of evolution. There's a strong case that our so highly prized 'consciousness' is just an evolutionary side-effect. That would include religion. Religion certainly doesn't strike me as anything especially sophisticated as a kind of thinking or contribution to culture. Most likely an evolutionary 'blip'.

Thanks for a fascinating (and I might say beautifully written) hub.


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

What a great article, Misty, it bears out some recent thinking of mine that has science and religion becoming closer. And how peculiar that such changes or additions to the brain and the mind's capacity have taken place (apparently) in such a short time in evolution's path.

This is a great and unique hub. You are certainly worth waiting for.

Bob


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Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

Remarkable and fascinating writing. I really enjoyed reading this hub because it's in line with a lot of research I do in my own time. Thank you for writing this article, it's fantastic. Voted up, shared, interesting, and awesome :)

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