New study suggests that religious fundamentalism linked to brain impairment.

By |2019-01-08T05:31:11-09:00January 9th, 2019|Categories: News, Religion|Tags: , , , , |6 Comments


Courtesy of Alternet

A study published in the journal Neuropsychologia has shown that religious fundamentalism is, in part, the result of a functional impairment in a brain region known as the prefrontal cortex. The findings suggest that damage to particular areas of the prefrontal cortex indirectly promotes religious fundamentalism by diminishing cognitive flexibility and openness—a psychology term that describes a personality trait which involves dimensions like curiosity, creativity, and open-mindedness.

Religious beliefs can be thought of as socially transmitted mental representations that consist of supernatural events and entities assumed to be real. Religious beliefs differ from empirical beliefs, which are based on how the world appears to be and are updated as new evidence accumulates or when new theories with better predictive power emerge. On the other hand, religious beliefs are not usually updated in response to new evidence or scientific explanations, and are therefore strongly associated with conservatism. They are fixed and rigid, which helps promote predictability and coherence to the rules of society among individuals within the group.

Religious fundamentalism refers to an ideology that emphasizes traditional religious texts and rituals and discourages progressive thinking about religion and social issues. Fundamentalist groups generally oppose anything that questions or challenges their beliefs or way of life. For this reason, they are often aggressive towards anyone who does not share their specific set of supernatural beliefs, and towards science, as these things are seen as existential threats to their entire worldview.

Since religious beliefs play a massive role in driving and influencing human behavior throughout the world, it is important to understand the phenomenon of religious fundamentalism from a psychological and neurological perspective.

There is literally nothing I can write about this that will not make me sound smug, so I will just leave this here for all of you to discuss. 

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  1. Anonymous January 9, 2019 at 7:22 am

    I just wish that atheism would preclude a person being a misogynist but that can’t be true because look at Gryphen.

    • Gryphen January 9, 2019 at 7:34 am

      Umm, okay.

  2. #MeTootie January 9, 2019 at 7:35 am

    If Jesus saves, he could start by restoring qualitative brain function to his sinners, you’d think.

  3. Raw$tory January 9, 2019 at 9:11 am

    “Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson was slated to be the keynote speaker at the Governor of Missouri’s annual prayer breakfast, but thanks to the shutdown he has to cancel – because the government can’t pay for his travel, the AP reports.

    If the government were not shutdown, taxpayers would be on the hook for the Secretary’s trip to Missouri, during which he would speak at the “interfaith event” whose “purpose is to seek God’s guidance for our political leaders as they begin the legislative session,” according to the program’s website. Then-Missouri Governor John Ashcroft, who would go on to become Attorney General under President George W. Bush, established the event in 1990.

    Proceeds from the Missouri Governor’s Prayer Breakfast support the Governor’s Student Leadership Forum on Faith and Values.”

  4. Anonymous January 12, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    So is being a conservative Republican.

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