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Posted by: Richardthughes on Mar. 10 2009,18:04

< http://www.newscientist.com/article....ne-news >

[QUOTE]Once we had evolved the necessary brain architecture, we could "do" religion, brain scans indicate.

The research shows that, to interpret a god's intentions and feelings, we rely mainly on the same recently evolved brain regions that divine the feelings and intentions of other people.
Posted by: Reciprocating Bill on Mar. 10 2009,19:10

[quote=Richardthughes,Mar. 10 2009,19:04]< http://www.newscientist.com/article....ne-news >



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Once we had evolved the necessary brain architecture, we could "do" religion, brain scans indicate.

The research shows that, to interpret a god's intentions and feelings, we rely mainly on the same recently evolved brain regions that divine the feelings and intentions of other people.
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This is a very important area of research.

The evolutionary basis of this sort of cognition is very deep. In my opinion human theory of mind has an evolutionary foundation, a foundation that is key to the representation of other persons and oneself as agents possessing beliefs, desires, and intentions. Elements of the ability to represent others' behavior in terms of agency is present in chimpanzees and other primates as, for example, they display an apparently innate capacity for gaze-following, an understanding of what conspecifics know based upon knowledge of what they have seen, and so on.  

It is this representation of agency that enables a great deal of cooperative activity, and that is ultimately projected as unseen beings. The very "structure of angels" is that of disembodied agents.
Posted by: J-Dog on Mar. 10 2009,19:43

Only 40 people?  Damn those science cost cuts!!!

In addition to a bigger sampling, I would like them to ask the same questions and include some atheists in the group -as a couple of the comments over there point out too.

And if I were running the study I would really open up the purse strings to get some of the nutz regular  UD commentators to participate.  Of course that might be pushing the envelope too much to expect anything to show up on a brain-scan from them. :)
Posted by: hereoisreal on Mar. 10 2009,21:24

Why is there order, harmony, and complete cooperation in the vineyard?
Jhn 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
Jhn 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every [branch] that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
Jhn 15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast [them] into the fire, and they are burned.
Which just goes to show why grape vines think alike.

Zero
Posted by: hereoisreal on Mar. 11 2009,09:45



And all the grape vines know the ‘God spot’ (o)  
follows y, where 2 ways met, just before u.

Zero
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