Is it offensive to call religious belief a mental disorder (which, by the way, is not the same as saying it is a mental illness or mental disease)?
Then I recommend you take part of this blog post written by the outstanding Victoria Neuronotes.
When you’ve read her blog post and looked at all the videos she links to, why not try to delve into this fascinating topic even more?
Here are some links to articles I can recommend for those of you longing for more information:
2) http://mic.com/articles/45811/religious-fundamentalism-is-a-mental-illness-that-could-soon-be-cured#.V8uFB0SbD (Ideas conveyed by famous Oxford University neuroscientist Kathleen Taylor and Philip Zimbardo, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Stanford University);
3) http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/forums/index.php/topic,21992.0.html (a forum thread called: Schizotypal personality disorder and religion; based on famous Stanford neurobiologist Professor Robert Sapolsky.);
4) https://millicentandcarlafran.wordpress.com/2009/06/07/why-sapolskys-take-on-schizoid-personality-disorder-and-religion-is-wrong/ (A critical review of Professor Sapolsky’s take on the connection between schizotypal personality disorder and religious – and/or woo-ish – faith/beliefs; is Professor Sapolsky way too oversimplistic when promoting his message?).
But I urge you to start by looking at Victoria’s own videos in her brilliant blog post above.
In this video Professor Ramachandran tells his audience about one of his patients, a man who after split-brain surgery ended up with one brain hemisphere being atheistic and the other one theistic.
Professor Ramachandran wonders, and speculates: Where will that man end up? In Heaven or Hell?
Maybe his soul will have to be one week in Heaven and then move to Hell to stay there for one week? A switch repeated over and over again. Now and for evermore.
What do you think thereof? I’m curious to know.
Something Else To Think About
“A man in his late 20s with paranoid schizophrenia explained during a neurological evaluation that he could read minds and that for years he had heard voices revealing things about friends and strangers alike. He believed he was selected by God to provide guidance for mankind.
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