Could a Magnet Separate You from God?
According to the ScienceDaily website, "New research involving a psychologist from the University of York has revealed for the first time that both belief in God and prejudice towards immigrants can be reduced by directing magnetic energy into the brain."
The article goes on to say that the psychologist led a team of researchers from UCLA to "carry out an innovative experiment using transcranial magnetic stimulation, a safe way of temporarily shutting down specific regions of the brain." The findings revealed that "people in whom the targeted brain region was temporarily shut down reported 32.8% less belief in God, angels, or heaven." They also discovered they could use the same technique to turn off a person's patriotism.
The head of the research team noted: "As expected, we found that when we experimentally turned down the posterior medial frontal cortex, people were less inclined to reach for comforting religious ideas despite having been reminded of death."
Dr. Colin Holbrook from UCLA noted that the findings "are very striking" and "consistent with the idea that brain mechanisms that evolved for relatively basic threat-response functions are repurposed to also produce ideological reactions."
Well, I wouldn't worry about strong magnets taking away the faith of those who have put their trust in Jesus. As it says in the Bible, our Savior will not lose even one of His precious saints but will deliver them all to His Father in heaven.
Notes: University of York in the UK, "Belief in God and prejudice reduced by directing magnetic energy into the brain," ScienceDaily, 10/14/15. Diagram: Courtesy of Eric Wassermann, M.D. (PD).
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