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complexcontext
2nd July 2010, 09:59 AM
I was wondering what the scientific consensus is regarding religious faith.

Example: Is it true that speaking in tongues mirrors that of a schizophrenic on a brain scan?

What about faith in general?



-complexcontext

Professor Yaffle
2nd July 2010, 10:05 AM
Here's some stuff about the neuroscience of speaking in tongues:

http://www.mindhacks.com/blog/2006/11/the_neuroscience_of_.html

Dancing David
2nd July 2010, 11:37 AM
Um, faith is kind of a broad category.

And no 'speaking in tounges' is not really comparable to schizophrenia.

blutoski
2nd July 2010, 11:42 AM
I was wondering what the scientific consensus is regarding religious faith.

Example: Is it true that speaking in tongues mirrors that of a schizophrenic on a brain scan?

What about faith in general?



-complexcontext

I don't think there is a scientific consensus regarding the subject matter, as you word it above.

complexcontext
2nd July 2010, 09:53 PM
I don't think there is a scientific consensus regarding the subject matter, as you word it above.

Rephrase: Has neuroscience found any additional, natural explanations for religious experience (ex: meditation, prayer, "speaking in tongues", etc...)?

I apologize, my initial question was poorly worded :(

Radrook
2nd July 2010, 09:58 PM
I was wondering what the scientific consensus is regarding religious faith.

Example: Is it true that speaking in tongues mirrors that of a schizophrenic on a brain scan?

What about faith in general?



-complex context

The tongues spoken of in Acts were actual languages and not the garbled loud unintelligible yelps, ululations, kennings, guttural growls, yowlings, grunts, screeches that these people suddenly, frenetically and uncontrollably produce. So I would suspect strongly that there might be a very strong link between mental illness and these manifestations.