Just weeks after converting to Islam, Daniel Munoz blamed killing his wife on the voice of Allah, Australian court told

Not at all surprising. Voice hearing is often a sign of psychosis. And religious fanaticism is sort of a mental disease disease in itself. Cf. this article by Patrick McNamara: The god effect (see: http://aeon.co/magazine/psychology/dopamine-marks-the-line-between-religious-believer-and-fanatic/ ).

Religion spawns both benevolent saints and murderous fanatics. Patrick McNamara ia asking: Could it be different dopamine levels in the brain that drive that switch? Especially in a neural circuit/network involving strong connection between the amygdala, the nucleus accumbens and parts of the prefrontal cortex (PFC).

The amygdala is responsible for emotional activity and reactivity. Specific areas of the PFC are associated with emotion regulation and critical thinking skills.The nucleua accumbens is center for reward sensitivity. Too much activity (= hyperactivity) in this brain circuitry/network makes you over-creative (= you’re not inhibited by any limitations), which in turn can transform you to a (religious) fanatic.

The Muslim Issue

Daniel Munoz allegedly claimed Allah told him to kill his wife.Daniel Munoz allegedly claimed Allah told him to kill his wife.


A SYDNEY man stabbed his wife to death just weeks after converting to Islam — claiming he did it in the name of Allah, police allege.

“Allah told me to kill her,’’ Daniel Munoz allegedly said when questioned by police over the stabbing death of Melissa Munoz on October 20 last year.

Mrs Munoz had taken out a number of apprehended violence orders against her husband of 22 years after feeling threatened by him.

Police said the unemployed Munoz went to the family home in Hobartville in Sydney’s northwest where, at about 3.30pm, screams were heard.

Munoz is accused of standing over the 40-year-old mother of seven in the loungeroom of the home, holding her by her hair and stabbing her more than 10 times to the head and chest with a knife he had taken…

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