Religiously in perspective…

nilanjana roy

(Published in the Business Standard, March 19, 2013)

“In the beginning was the Word, and it was inscribed upon ye parietal lobe.” No religious scriptures begin with this line, but over the last decade or so, the search for God has been conducted via MRI scans as much as through theological debate.

By the mid-2000s, many researchers had concluded that there was no “God spot”—that single point of the brain where ideas of faith or belief might be located. Instead, it seems that several areas of the brain work together to generate or strengthen experiences of faith, belief and spirituality.

In a January 2012 study, Dr Brick Johnstone and others at the University of Missouri suggested that damage to the right parietal lobe—or the practice of meditation over a period of time—decreases one’s focus on the self, and enhances the possibility that people will have intense spiritual experiences. In July…

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