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Brain has different networks for science & religion

Fri, Mar 25, 2016, 03:30 PM
There is a dichotomy in the human brain when it is a question of faith and a matter of the matrerial world. There are two neural networks working. If it's a matter of faith, areas of the brain that do analytical thinking are suppressed. The opposite is the case when material world is involved.

Prof Tony Jack, who led the research, said the leap of faith to belief in the supernatual amounted to pushing aside analytical thinking and moral concern in eight experiments, each using between 159 and 527 adult participants.

Prof Jack's earlier research in his Brain, Mind and Consciousness Laboratory used an fMRI machine to show the brain has an analytical network of neurons that enable the humans to think critically and a social network to empathise with.

The tension in the networks, pushing aside a naturalistic world view, enables the human to delve deeper into the socia/emotional side. That explains why the beliefs in the supernatural existed throughout human history. It also explains the essentially non-material way of understanding the world and man's place in it.

The human brain explored the world using both networks. When presented with physics problem or ethical dilemma, the human brain excited the relevant network, while suppressing the other. The suppression also explained the conflict between science and religion.
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