Friday, March 25, 2016

"What believing in God does to your brain"

"Researchers found humans suppress the analytical areas of their brain in order to believe in god"

Samuel Osborne  627 comments

The study also found those with spiritual beliefs were more empathetic than those without

"Humans suppress areas of the brain used for analytical thinking and engage the parts responsible for empathy in order to believe in god, research suggests.

"They do the opposite when thinking about the physical world, according to the study.

"'When there's a question of faith, from the analytic point of view, it may seem absurd,' said Professor Tony Jack, who led the research.

"'But, from what we understand about the brain, the leap of faith to belief in the supernatural amounts to pushing aside the critical/analytical way of thinking to help us achieve greater social and emotional insight.'"

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If believing in God makes people more empathetic, then what's the harm?  The world could use a whole lot more empathy and/or God.


Anonymous said...

If believing in God makes people more empathetic, then what's the harm? The world could use a whole lot more empathy and/or God

Empathetic is a recent term; it comes from empathy, which was coined by the German philosopher Rudolf Lotze in 1858. Lotze believed that when you look at a work of art, you project your own sensibilities onto it.

That describes CHAOS - not Order, which comes from analytical thinking.

You are confusing SYMPATHY with EMPATHY. ANd there is EVERYTHING WRONG WITH IT. Low- level thinkers will believe absurd stories that have no basis in reality (miracles) while they ignore the reality that surrounds them - for example, Lying' John and his evil nature.

Sympathy (from the Greek words syn "together" and pathos "feeling" which means "fellow-feeling") is the perception, understanding, and reaction to the distress or need of another human being.[1] This empathic concern is driven by a switch in viewpoint, from a personal perspective to the perspective of another group or individual who is in need. Empathy and sympathy are often used interchangeably. Sympathy is a feeling, but the two terms have distinct origins and meanings.[2] Merriam Webster defines empathy as "the feeling that you understand and share another person's experiences and emotions : the ability to share someone else's feelings."[3] Their definition of sympathy is "the feeling that you care about and are sorry about someone else's trouble, grief, misfortune, etc. : a feeling of support for something : a state in which different people share the same interests, opinions, goals, etc." [4] See professor Paul Bloom on empathy.[5]

Anonymous said...

Kinda like believing in John Dickert.

Where's that gotten ya'?