Dr. Sharon Dirckx, PhD in brain imaging, explains why scanning brain activity during prayer and meditation doesn’t prove anything other than the brain is active during these times. Some atheists have reached the silly conclusion that because we know what areas of the brain are active at times of prayer, therefore religion is a made up activity. Of course, that is illogical and Dr. Dirckx does a fantastic job explaining here.
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Good article. I’ve always thought of the interaction of the brain with the spirit in the metaphor of a computer, as if the brain is a hardware, the mind is the operating system and the spirit is the Internet. In any case, it makes sense that there would be specific brain activity when you pray. As the article points out, that doesn’t mean things originate in the brain, just as noticing specific CPU operations when accessing my email means the email originated in the computer.