Hearing prayer shuts off believers' brain activity

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Hearing prayer shuts off believers' brain activity

Post by bockedy » Sat Jun 19, 2010 9:09 pm

When some religiously devout people hear a charismatic healer speak the word of god , the regions of their brains involved in skeptical thinking and vigilance appear to shut down. Uffe Schjødt of Aarhus University in Denmark and his colleagues scanned the brains of Pentecostalists while they listened to recorded prayers from non-Christians, "ordinary" Christians, and a healer. The brain activity changed only in response to prayers they were told came from the healer.
http://www.boingboing.net/2010/05/03/he ... shuts.html
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Re: Hearing prayer shuts off believers' brain activity

Post by dugges » Sat Jun 19, 2010 9:45 pm

That's very interesting, but Pentecostals?? Aren't they the ones who believe in exorcism? If that's the case I think they are not well adept in cognitive abilities.
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Re: Hearing prayer shuts off believers' brain activity

Post by bipedalhumanoid » Mon Jun 21, 2010 11:24 am

dugges wrote:That's very interesting, but Pentecostals?? Aren't they the ones who believe in exorcism? If that's the case I think they are not well adept in cognitive abilities.
Catholics also believe in exorcism... at least the church does, who knows what individuals who claim to be catholic actually believe?
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Re: Hearing prayer shuts off believers' brain activity

Post by dugges » Mon Jun 21, 2010 1:38 pm

bipedalhumanoid wrote:Catholics also believe in exorcism... at least the church does, who knows what individuals who claim to be catholic actually believe?
Yeah, Catholic Church has a committee on exorcisms, but Pentocostals have exorcisms on a weekly basis, everything from casting out gay demons in homosexuals, to fat demons in obese people. They're a wacky bunch!!
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Re: Hearing prayer shuts off believers' brain activity

Post by Ygern » Wed Jun 23, 2010 4:37 pm

Here's a prayer quote for you:

All I can say is the family is shocked; they are grieving the loss of their daughter and (ask) that people of faith will pray for everybody involved.

This is a pretty standard statement from people who lose a child and are looking for something to comfort them. Except, and this is the bit that makes your blood run cold, these "grieving" parents beat their seven year old daughter to death with rubber tubing.
Why? Because she mispronounced a word.
Why would they even think of beating a child for making a mistake? Because it is an "appropriate tool for biblical chastisement ...to train a child from infancy to make them a happier child and more obedient to God".

http://freethinker.co.uk/2010/06/23/ado ... D-beating/

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Re: Hearing prayer shuts off believers' brain activity

Post by inedifix » Thu Jun 24, 2010 9:16 am

I feel sick. Christian chastisement?
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