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Go to: Religious Experiences Shrink Part of the Brain

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If I recall correctly, the hippocampus is located at the "top" of the cortical stack (architecturally speaking) and is known to be critical for the formation of new memories. These changes are distributed down throughout the rest of the cortex when the hippocampus is working properly.

Presumably, a "life changing" religious experience involves a lot of cortical changes and thus extra stress on the hippocampus. Deconversion from religion might also induce the same kind of stress in formerly pious and evangelical types, though I didn't see this mentioned anywhere in the report. (Perhaps something for another study?)

Non-affiliated people presumably aren't having beliefs spoon-fed to them by religion. I'd guess their increased stress comes from having to change their beliefs more often as they work things out for themselves.

Sat, 04 Jun 2011 00:49:49 UTC | #633834

Go to: Atheist Billboard in Fresno Vandalized After Only Three Days

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Comment 10 by war critic : ... Rather than engage in the tu quoque that is actually fitting in this case...

Tu quoque? No, I don't think that is a fitting response. What's objectionable about this vandalism is not hypocrisy (indeed, I see none evident) but its criminality and its bullying suppression of a perfectly reasonable message. That you'd suggest we resort to a kind of ad-hominem when we have valid points to make is bewildering.

On the other hand, SheliaC's comment, '"Shut up," he explained,' succinctly expresses what's most wrong with the vandal's behaviour.

Thanks, but I won't be taking your advice. I don't think anyone else here should either.

Sat, 07 May 2011 07:39:36 UTC | #624083

Go to: UPDATE: DAWKINS/HARRIS - NOW SOLD OUT

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According to Wikipedia, the venue seats 800-1000 people. That'd mean tickets were been sold at a rate of around one every second. Not bad going for what I'd guess is a modestly provisioned e-commerce system.

£4 does seem too cheap for this event; I suspect some people have ordered more tickets than they needed. Thumbs down for any jerks out there now selling them on ebay for a profit.

Fri, 01 Apr 2011 12:48:51 UTC | #610297

Go to: UPDATE: DAWKINS/HARRIS - NOW SOLD OUT

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Comment 71 by spotlamp : Has anyone had a confirmation email from BHA ?

Yes, I had one email from info at humanism dot org dot uk confirming the order and another from Worldpay confirming the transaction.

Fri, 01 Apr 2011 10:52:10 UTC | #610265

Go to: UPDATE: DAWKINS/HARRIS - NOW SOLD OUT

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Order complete - or at least I think it is.

@ spotlamp: Maybe if you give them a big fat donation they'll upgrade their hosting. ;)

Fri, 01 Apr 2011 09:30:39 UTC | #610226

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