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[Regarding a study which linked being "born again" to having a smaller hippocampus-the area responsible for learning and memory]

Learning what exactly?

Memorizing whose truth?

Perhaps God shuts down the parts of our minds that would continue to absorb the overwhelming daily propaganda of this world {evolution, the "green" movement, socialism, anti-semitism, gay marriage etc...}

....while filling the void with His ways. Of course secular scientists would see it as "brain atrophy" but I like the trade off!

BarbT, Rapture Ready 69 Comments [5/29/2012 3:07:46 AM]
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jesus-face tortilla

the interesting thing about that study was that born-agains and atheists actually had about the same levels of hippocampal atrophy (everyone's hippocampus gets smaller as they age - the study was assessing the degree, not the occurrence). people with moderate levels of religiosity seemed to fare better.

but it's just one study.

also, i'm pretty sure what barb is referring to with "anti-semitism" is "any criticism of israel."

5/29/2012 8:05:41 AM

emau99

Lobotomies for Jesus!

5/29/2012 8:26:09 AM

Doctor Whom

Too easy.

5/29/2012 8:36:44 AM



So they are quite literally anatomically handicapped? This isn't funny; this is sad. We should realize that it isn't that believing in God has crippled their brains, but rather that a crippled brain results in God-worship, particularly of the "born-again" variety. I'm depressed for them. Hmm I know, maybe laughing at someone who's blind would cheer me up, no wait, I know, how about mocking someone who stutters, or someone with a cast on their leg. Yeah totally, so y'know I could feel better about myself being a bit more fortunate. Pfft...

5/29/2012 8:47:25 AM

freako104

I'm convinced that RR is poe/troll site and none of them are serious

5/29/2012 9:08:05 AM

dfmfundies

@ Moose:

Does anyone know where I can find the study?

Here you go:

<http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0017006>

5/29/2012 9:21:34 AM

Ozymandias

"I like trading brain function for faith!"

Unintentional honesty award?

5/29/2012 9:40:06 AM

Berny

That's a new one. Belief in God makes you stupid, and she likes it!
Why do we even bother to engage these people in discourse. Just shut them out. They have nothing to contribute.

5/29/2012 9:45:35 AM

Big Jilm

Something shuts down those parts of your brain but I have a feeling it's self-induced rather than your false attribution error.

5/29/2012 10:01:01 AM

Ludd

BarbT just loves showing off that small hippocampus.

5/29/2012 10:23:08 AM

Osiris

This whole study is cloaked in science-speak but it's basically saying that Christians are more likely to be stupid. I think we need more studies done on this.

5/29/2012 10:56:21 AM

Schoolyard Taunter

Yeah, well, you're just dumb! So there!

(Am I doing it right?)

5/29/2012 11:09:17 AM

Old Viking

"God wants us dumb. So there!"

5/29/2012 12:28:34 PM

Papabear

Right, because smaller lungs process more air, small, withered kidneys filter more urine and stubby little legs make you run better.

5/29/2012 12:42:25 PM

checkmate

Apologetics taken to the extreme.

5/29/2012 12:48:01 PM

Nagol

So belief really does make you dumber. What a surprise.

5/29/2012 1:00:29 PM

Quantum Mechanic

"Learning what exactly? "

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA


5/29/2012 1:03:28 PM

Veras_the_Brujah

So religion is brain damage?

5/29/2012 2:29:58 PM

Tempus

Perhaps God shuts down the parts of our minds that would continue to absorb the overwhelming daily propaganda of this world {evolution, the "green" movement, socialism, anti-semitism, gay marriage etc...}

Perhaps.

Or perhaps you do, and God has nothing whatsoever to do with it. Perhaps YOU make the decision to stop learning anything about yourself and the world you live in, and your brain is physically suffering for it. Perhaps you and you alone made the decision to close your mind off completely from the world you live in and refuse to think or question what your pastors tell you the Bible says. Perhaps YOU made the decision all by yourself to ignore observable reality. And you know, maybe you're happier that way.

But don't blame anyone else for not wanting to be like you.

5/29/2012 2:39:37 PM

LogicalAgnostic

No its not the Biblical God shutting down parts of your mind it's just your unwillingness to learn, reason, and to accept logic that people themselves are responsible for the evil and harm they cause and should take better care of the world and other people in it for a better way of living.

Go take your close mindedness ignorance somewhere else please and leave the logic and reason to those of us who are logical reasonable people who can rationalize without blaming some entity or another for lack of intelligence such as you do.

If the Biblical God were real I doubt he'd want to restrict your brain and function in such a way to cause you foaming at the mouth and smoking out the ears and rather would want the best for you and for you to learn and be open minded instead of a belligerent pedantic raving fool.

5/29/2012 2:44:20 PM

Passerby

BarbT, you ought realize your shrinking brain - if said study is legit - would also affect your ability to remember and comprehend everything you read in your own Bible. As it progresses you'd need constant reminders of passages you used to know by heart and will have a hard time trying to understand what they mean to you in an academic or metaphysical sense and you'll resort to just parroting the interpretation of the largest group you feel comfortable with, leaving yourself open to manipulation via a faith you no longer actually think about or try to understand. I don't mean in a doubting, questioning, sort of way I mean you will look at the pages and draw a total fucking blank until somebody claiming to be holier than you tells you what the gist of it is and you won't have the capacity to judge for yourself if that was actually true. Jesus will be sad that you stopped thinking about him and you'll probably get tricked into voting for a dictator with disturbing 'solutions' to all your problems. Including problems you don't have and problems that arose from the 'solution' they pushed you into.

5/29/2012 2:57:48 PM

Blue the Thief

Perhaps God shuts down the parts of our minds that would continue to absorb the overwhelming daily propaganda of this world {evolution, the "green" movement, socialism, anti-semitism, gay marriage etc...}

So you admit that God makes you dumb?

....while filling the void with His ways. Of course secular scientists would see it as "brain atrophy" but I like the trade off!



I love this site.

freako104

I'm convinced that RR is poe/troll site and none of them are serious



5/29/2012 3:53:33 PM

Rabbit of Caerbannog

The "If You're Stupid and You Know It" Award.

5/29/2012 4:50:10 PM

VioletBeauregarde

Ah...so it's in later life! I'm not religious...I strive to be spiritual instead (There is a HUGE difference...spirituality is SO much better!)

On another note, what the hell is wrong with the green movement?! I'm a Christian (not a fundie though) and I see nothing anti-God in the green movement! Gee, here I was thinking that taking care of the Earth (the place GOD gave us to live in) would be a GOOD thing...oops, my bad!

5/29/2012 7:18:10 PM

aaa

This is just pathetic.

5/29/2012 9:02:56 PM
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