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Monday, 16 May 2016

Seeing or hearing God? You might be an epileptic – scientists

Seeing, hearing or talking to God may be a sign of epilepsy — scientists
found out

– The human brain is responsible for the various spiritual experiences

Having a religious experience of any kind can be attributed to a
serious neurological disorder — epilepsy. The disease is marked by sudden
recurrent episodes of sensory disturbance, loss of consciousness, or
convulsions, associated with abnormal electrical activity in the brain.

An Israeli team of researchers at Hadassah Hebrew University report a rare
case that detected a correlation between having a a religious experience and
epilepsy. The medics treated an atheist man for temporal lobe epilepsy, they
carried out a series of tests as well as measured his brain activity.

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At one point during testing the man froze and stared at the ceiling for several
minutes, saying he felt like ‘God was approaching him’. Convinced he was
talking to God and he is the chosen one he removed the wires from his head
and marched around the hospital trying to recruit followers.

Moments before the incident, the doctors measured a spike in activity in the
patient’s left prefrontal cortex — the brain region resposible for personality
expression, decision making, and moderating social behaviour and has been
previously linked to religious and mystical experiences.

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The doctors believe the patient suffered the visions as a result of a psychotic
episode following a seizure. Interestingly, an
experienced neuroscientist compared the man’s experience of seeing and
being chosen by God to key religious stories involving Moses, Jesus
or Mohammed.

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