In earlier posts i talked about how modern neuroscience with the use of magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) technology has learned how devotion on charisma tends to shut down parts of the brain . http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20627574.200-brain-shuts-off-in-response-to-healers-prayer.html
Its quote: Parts of the prefrontal and anterior cingulate cortices, which play key roles in vigilance and scepticism when judging the truth and importance of what people say, were deactivated when the subjects listened to a supposed healer
In the Oxford Journal http://brain.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/122/5/994 it suggests .
The function of the prefrontal cortex is as fascinating as it is elusive. Whilst damage to more posterior regions produces fairly blatant deficits of function, the effect of frontal brain lesions has proved far more difficult to characterize, although no less devastating to the lives of patients. Early reports told of individuals with no apparent loss of intellectual function, yet whose behaviour changed so drastically that they were never able to resume the lives that they had led before. Part of the problem has undoubtedly been that the cognitive processes underlying abilities which are impaired by prefrontal damage, such as planning, reasoning and problem solving, have not been well understood.
It talks about.
behavioural problems of patients with ventromedial lesions in terms of their failing to experience appropriate emotional responses, which in turn impairs their decision making ability
So it seems this prefrontal cortex is an extremely important part of the brain for us human if we wish to be making good thoughtful kind decisions.
While reading the ScienceDailey i noticed another article written in March 22nd 2007 titled: Moral Judgement Fails Without Feelings http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/03/070321181940.htm
Consider the following scenario: someone you know has AIDS and plans to infect others, some of whom will die. Your only options are to let it happen or to kill the person.
Do you pull the trigger?
Most people waver or say they could not, even if they agree that in theory they should. But according to a new study in the journal Nature, subjects with damage to a part of the frontal lobe make a less personal calculation.
The logical choice, they say, is to sacrifice one life to save many.
Conducted by researchers at the University of Southern California, Harvard University, Caltech and the University of Iowa, the study shows that emotion plays an important role in scenarios that pose a moral dilemma.
If certain emotions are blocked, we make decisions that — right or wrong — seem unnaturally cold
Ahh people who make decisions that right or wrong seem unnaturally cold … Man that sure rings a bell for me ! … Cant help feeling that sounds mighty like a whole lot of devoted on charisma faithful folks i know . Their thoughts often seem mighty harsh cold and very unnatural to me , as they dream about themselves and the gambling habit on the charisma of old Jesus and their hopes of eternal afterlife .
Goodness know what all those other devoted christian folk on Peebs net hope to really achieve demanding other brain-dead Christian Exclusive Brethren might somehow be able to spark a few brain waves and somehow make some better decisions ?. Seems a bit like a case of the blind trying to be leading the blind to me . Kinda a bit like wishful thinking .Not that i blame them ! , hell i know how painful ! life can seem when faith dulls your family’s brain and heart until its cold as ice . But hey it aint the Exclusive Brethrens fault , they didn’t create this faith brain-dead surgery . Brain-dead surgery that not only deadens the brain and hardens the hearts of Exclusive Brethren and Renton Brethren , but also surgically removes parts of the brain needed to help spark a bit of life and brain activity into mega other Christians and faithful folk who silently stand by doing nothing ! while these people ruin people lives and even push a number of people to suicide .
Oh yes siree … What hope is there for a Exclusive Brethren or a Renton Brethren , when most of the rest ! of the faithful devoted faith brains are also shut down by all the charisma of faith ? . What do they expect …. a freaking miracle ?
This article says of people with these same parts of the brain-damaged in accidents , as opposed to the faithful folks brain which has just being shut down by devotion on all the charisma
“Because of their brain damage, they have abnormal social emotions in real life. They lack empathy and compassion,”
I myself notice this sad phenomenon when discussing matters of faith with many faithful folk , including many faithful folk i talk with on blogs . They often seem cold and heartless , and i find i need to try to explain many matters ! because they just don’t seem to possess the empathy and compassion needed to be able to even fully understand where im actually coming from .
Oh sure they feel so wonderful about how their church group visits hospitals and sure is feeling so great about how their group is involved in charity blah blah …. All the charismatic stuff ! . Yeah they sure got that meme sorted and well rehearsed.
But when you talk about other deeper issues … Like how faith is effecting many folks and hurting many people …..And how Jesus only had a bad weekend ! really since evidently he died and then was resurrected …. And try explaining little was actually paid for on any cross because some folks pay for other people rights to these beliefs …. With their whole earthly lives being separated and divided from family and some even pay with their own suicide ! … such is the extreme extent of the pain they experience .
I find quite often it almost seems like im just talking to a stone . It just don’t seem to connect . Its lots like im talking to an accident victim who had the prefrontal parts of the brain-damaged , meaning he/she just aint able to even think straight anymore and has become kinda dead and cold and lacking in the emotion needed to even honestly care.
And with accident victims this is easy to understand ! … But of faithful folk who so often like to profess and claim honestly being the loving caring kind ?
To me it seems kinda very false . Even though i still see them as being victims of accidents …. The accident of humanity which sadly evolved these faith devotions with charisma that modern neuro science is now showing us happens to help shut down parts of the brain that was supposed to help us think and have emotions and care ! and not become heartless faith gamblers who only tend to consider ourselves and our right to some supposed salvation and eternal life.