Scientific American: Religious Experiences Shrink Part of the Brain

June 2, 2011

One time in elementary school, a group of kids were poking fun at a pipsqueak of a kid with a childish version of Napoleon complex. At one point, the kid thumbed his nose at us, and we all made a bunch of chattery laughter.

He said, “Did you see my brains?” He was implying that we could see his brains through his nostrils.

There was a collective, “No.” Followed by a bunch of chitchat.

“If you did,” he interrupted. “Did you notice how small it was?”

Everyone guffawed. If you’re going to exacerbate a situation like that, there are a few ways to do it. At the top of the list is telling others you have a small brain. He tried to explain that he was told small brains equal big intellect. I would like to point out that someone probably told him something like that, but it shows how absorbent kids brains are and that you should be very delicate about what you stick in those brains.

This is all to say, that you should read this article from Scientific American that claims:

A study links life-changing religious experiences, like being born again, with atrophy in the hippocampus

Via Cyn-C

Photo above:

Chief Raoni, of the Kayapo tribe native to the Brazilian state of Pará, weeps upon learning that Brazil’s newly elected president Dilma Vana Rousseff has authorized the construction of the controversial Belo Monte hydroelectric dam despite hundreds of thousands of petition signatures, letters, and e-mails begging the government to reconsider.


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