This is an interesting article:
http://www.scientificamerican.com/artic … t-of-brain
To be fair, they also say that not having a religious affiliation also suffer from this. Seems only "regular" Protestants are exempt
FIRST,you have to define BRAIN,or what scientist call MIND....in order to began.
Born again,is a SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION, it is not suppose to be,until now.Predestine for this very time.
I'm sorry. Did you bother to read the article?
'Thus, Owen and his colleagues certainly pose a plausible hypothesis. They also cite some of the limitations of their findings, such as the small sample size. More importantly, the causal relationship between brain findings and religion is difficult to clearly establish. Is it possible, for example, that those people with smaller hippocampal volumes are more likely to have specific religious attributes, drawing the causal arrow in the other direction? Further, it might be that the factors leading up to the life-changing events are important and not just the experience itself. Since brain atrophy reflects everything that happens to a person up to that point, one cannot definitively conclude that the most intense experience was in fact the thing that resulted in brain atrophy.'
Other than trying to drum up a laugh or two, what's your point?
Did you bother to read what I said in my post?
And I didn't say it was conclusive one way or the other. I just asked the question that the article did...
I did. Hence, the question.
Yes you posted a title in the same manner they did. It had nothing to do with the findings. It was an attention grabber.
There was a tiny sample group of older people. And they admit this cannot be used to pinpoint religion, or lack of it, as the cause.
if you mean someone born of spirit(s), that is called a hangover.
And yes, the human brain shrinks nearly 1/8 inch from excessive, short span, alcohol intake.
In essence, slight dehydration results in shrinkage.
Just Kidding folks, don't take it all so seriously.
Interesting article, here's an excerpt which talks about those who also have no religious affiliation and are included in the demographics.
"This study also broke down these individuals into those who are born again or who have had life-changing religious experiences.
The results showed significantly greater hippocampal atrophy in individuals reporting a life-changing religious experience. In addition, they found significantly greater hippocampal atrophy among born-again Protestants, Catholics, and those with no religious affiliation, compared with Protestants not identifying as born-again."
I would hope that if I were to be born again, that not only would my brain shrink, but that everything else would too. Otherwise, I pity my poor mother.
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