What believing in God does to your brain

I found this article the other day, and while I think it really proves what most atheists think already, it was nonetheless an interesting read.

What believing in God does to your brain


7 thoughts on “What believing in God does to your brain

  1. “…researchers also found people with faith were more empathetic than those without.”
    Wonder why that might be…

    “…And that may be the key to why beliefs in the supernatural exist throughout the history of cultures. It appeals to an essentially nonmaterial way of understanding the world and our place in it…”
    Of course! Empathy can only be understood in nonmaterial terms. So…research seems to indicate that atheists think like atheists and religious people think differently.


        • It matters because we all share the same world. If one is harsher against the “other” and less generous, this indicates a tribalistic mindset, e.g. “only me and mine deserve anything”.

          Considering that it was a scientific study that determined people are more empathic, that shows that empathy can indeed be understood and measured in material terms. If this wasn’t the case, the study couldn’t have been done.

          Still no evidence for any gods.


          • My tribe says that we are more deserving of survival than your tribe. We take all the resources from your tribe and watch you die.

            From a scientific standpoint, what’s wrong with that?


            • If one tribe is stupid and greedy and decides that they deserve everything, that can make the environment out of balance and everyone suffers, including them. We see this everyday in the world.

              John, it seems you are back to the common, and false, theist claims that all atheists must be nihilists. What do you mean by a “scientific standpoint”? I’m fairly sure I know what you are trying to say, but in case I’m wrong, I would like you to explain.


  2. It’s not just theists who realize that atheism leads to nihilism.

    “That man is the product of causes which had no prevision of the end they were achieving; that his origin, his growth, his hopes and fears, his loves and his beliefs, are but the outcome of accidental collocations of atoms; that no fire, no heroism, no intensity of thought and feeling, can preserve an individual life beyond the grave; that all the labors of the ages, all the devotion, all the inspiration, all the noonday brightness of human genius, are destined to extinction in the vast death of the solar system, and that the whole temple of man’s achievement must inevitably be buried beneath the debris of a universe in ruins – all these things, if not quite beyond dispute, are yet so nearly certain that no philosophy which rejects them can hope to stand. Only within the scaffolding of these truths, only on the firm foundation of unyielding despair, can the soul’s salvation henceforth be safely built.” – Bertrand Russell

    You are incorrect when you assert that empathy can be measured and understood in material terms. A scientific study doesn’t explain empathy any more than an eye test explains vision. You are fond of the laws of physics as an explanation for everything. Do the laws of physics also explain empathy? Do these laws account for good and evil? My question is pretty straight forward. I’m not sure how to make it clearer.

    A single whale opens its mouth and swallows a tribe of a billion plankton. The whale survives because the plankton die. Is the whale ‘stupid and greedy’? If not, how do you justify your position that certain people are ‘stupid and greedy’ because they overpower weaker, inferior lifeforms in order to thrive? What makes humans better than plankton?


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