Have you ever watched the news on TV that might be covering a story on humans possessing some heartless unshakable beliefs, for instance humans like the Taliban many whom it seems don’t even flinch if their human bombs happen to kill or maim their own people, including women and children. And pondered this strange phenomenon trying your best to understand how humans could ever become so very callous uncaring and seemingly heartless.A cold heartless emotionless nature that is not only a trademark of the Taliban ,oh no .Indeed wherever strong beliefs exist that includes a element of inforced control and mind over matter type of thought worked into the belief, it seems emotion needs to be supressed and is soon replaced with this lack of feeling for others.And i suggest this phenomena is not even so very unfamiliar to many of the Christian faith either.
I have often pondered this problem, specially in quiet times like when i have found myself in the same type situations as the picture at the top of this blog shows. Alone with only nature, and not another human around anywhere to distract your thoughts away from searching deeper and deeper into some areas that most often your mind usually just try its best to conveniently forget and cover over. Matters that though many times specially in youth you might have visited many times over before , life has soon taught you they seem so totally out of your control , without hope of any way you can ever think of that might change them . Age and experience soon tends to try to teach you that your best option left available to at least try to retain some sanity , is to bury and file these particular thoughts as far away out of sight as you possibly can.Its a type of survival mechanism i suppose , a way to try to survive best way we find we are able.
As an Ex Exclusive Brethren i have had some experience with some humans who have very cold-hearted beliefs, their minds have been geared towards a type of deadness which not even the possibility of suicide can shake them into wondering if maybe some changes need to be made. The sad situation of the very young ex exclusive brethren member named Craig Hoyle http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/3136093/Brethren-played-Big-Brother-city-man is just a slightly watered down overbearing Taliban type method right ?. Oh so i hear you say, no but they never use any human bombs to blow anyone up .Well ok but look they still blew another family apart and ended the normality of life for some people, and tell me this … Do you not think just maybe without the laws that we have in place, they might not like to further their grip on imposing control and even try using bombs to impose force if they thought maybe there was a chance they could actually get away with doing it?. Honestly just how big actually is the step up from these EB parents beliefs, who will willingly sacrifice loving their own son so very publically, through belief they will receive eternal salvation from God , and a Taliban member who will gladly blow himself up while focusing on Gods promise of eternal salvation and 70 virgins ?. And honestly, just how big really is the step up from your average evangelical Christian faithful who’s focus on the righteous nature of his faith in separation from things he/she translated as evil , up to the place where an Exclusive Brethren or Cooperite cult member http://www.factnet.org/?p=495 makes their personal stand for what their mind is become trained to think of as being holy. Really such a big jump ? ,how do you suppose it ever happened they actually got there ? .
Have you ever wondered why it might be it seems not even great amounts of bad publicity can seem to shake the foundations of these peoples thoughts . Is it that the supposed God gene is just far to strong ? .Fear of hell and damnation ?.
What about possibilities of reasonably new tests of Neuroscience, http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20627574.200-brain-shuts-off-in-response-to-healers-prayer.html which suggests a part of the human brain shuts down when subjected to prayer and suggestions of healings by some charismatic figure .Thoughts/meditation on ideas of Charismatic figures can maybe cause part of the brain to shut down ,huh ok .Is God or Jesus or Muhammad and all the prophets and priests surrounding these beliefs, enough of a Charismatic figure to be able to shut down parts of peoples brain waves, that might otherwise have allowed them to feel more things such as humility humanity and emotion etc ?. I’m thinking ,it could be very possible .I’m thinking why does the type of evidence we often see and experience , seem to fit in pretty close with what some of these modern scientific discovery are saying.
But you are saying im faithful im a believer , and this world is full of Atheists and demons keen to lead me hell bound , i say you really believe non believers have this special agenda to try to lead you somewhere we don’t even believe in, even while you tell us we will likely receive punishment for it? . You say but you don’t trust science , i ask what even the kind that produces new meds for viruses and diseases ?, would you prefer to take your chances in Lourdes http://www.religionnewsblog.com/17321/lourdes-syndrome even when the doctor running the show there warns against relying on prayer saying :” This is a normal town. There aren’t permanent miracles happening here – that’s a wrong interpretation of the place“. And if you don’t trust science, do you say it is still just as untrustworthy when it happens to predict who your daughters rapist was ,through DNA ?. Or would you have prefered to rely on divine guidance to find the rapist?.
No that’s silly right we trust most science specially medical science,we use its product often in our daily lives ,these science people are not stupid, they even know their very own reputation and future totally rely`s on them trying to be honest and thorough .You can fool some people some of the time,but not all the time,and there are always others double and triple checking.
“the portions of their brains which manage skeptical and critical thoughts, namely the medial and dorsolateral prefrontal cortex” http://www.thescienceforum.com/viewtopic.php?p=244376
The portions of the brain that manage sceptical critical thoughts shut down huh , and why do we think the Taliban and Exclusive Brethren and Cooperites and other faithful might seem so heartless and dead and unshakable in their thinking ? .Why is it i find myself scratching my head when other Christians don’t seem even bothered to step forward and help take some action to try to stop these abuses ? . Did the part of their brain that produces some sceptical critical thoughts shut down ? ,while they too were also so focused of faith and their fine healing leader Jesus .Is that why they dont think about how wrong these faith abuses really are?.
http://pewresearch.org/pubs/859/what-brain-science-tells-us-about-religious-belief Obviously there is some good uses for the power of positive thought, even yoga uses meditation .But there is some big differences between meditation that’s for production of better health , even such as a positive attitude which can help in cancer victims recovery .And meditations with control beliefs purposely designed to manipulate people minds into submission through doctrines of fear and promises of salvation etc.
This paper states: The frontal lobe helps us with our behaviors and executive functions, the functions of deciding what we need to do: what we’re going to do tomorrow, keeping our schedule, keeping our checkbook, and so forth, while also mediating our emotional responses. There is a push-pull between our frontal lobe and limbic system that can get out of whack sometimes. If we get overly emotional, our frontal lobes shut down, and if we become over-logical, our emotional areas shut down. There is a lot of push and pull that goes on in these different parts of the brain.
So either way human minds can get out of whack , which can then leave us treading deep shit . With big problems to match the shit we are treading .
If you look down at the words between the first two spect images it says : We think this is part of what is associated with somebody losing that sense of self. They feel at one with God, at one with their spiritual mantra, whatever it is they are looking at.
So it seems maybe God is in the brain . Surprise surprise . I always thought and had a feeling it seemed to me, many harsh faithful folk had this strange aura about them , of matters being rather a matter of mind over matter as far as they were concerned . Do i think Craig Hoyle`s parents took much notice of signs of sadness Craig very likely displayed ?, no ! not at all , its mind over matter …Focused on a type of religious prayer/meditation combined with the deep feelings of awe of following after the charismatic leaders Bruce Hales , Jesus and God etc .And to top it all off and make matter a whole lot worse you average Christians all happen to be in much the same position ,do we see them step forward questioning the freedom of faith of the abuse Exclusive Brethren ? , no …. Too busy with their own brain waves being closed down through focusing on faith and the idea of charismatic healing leaders, with a resulting loss in sceptical and critical thinking .What else seems to happen when this part of the brain aint working right ? … bad planning resoning and problem solving ….Oooh so no wonder even in the year 2010 abusive cults still are allowed to exist! …Faithful brains have shut down through prayer and worship …it dont even cross their mind so much that maybe abusive faith might be a really bad thing that needs some action of fixing.
Seems maybe damage to the the prefrontal cortex can produce problems with planning, reasoning and problem solving, http://brain.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/122/5/994
I thought this paper is also quite interesting too http://www.crystalinks.com/medbrain.html
Talk about humans being hard-wired …. Sheese . Feaking `ell man, brings a whole new angle to the story of ole Frankenstein.