Probably my favorite pop science series in the last few years is “Through the Wormhole” narrated by Morgan Freeman which examines the latest scientific theories and boldly relates them to questions of religion and spirituality.
One of my favorite segments in the series is “Through the Wormhole, Is There a Creator?” The whole series is really a cannot miss if you are curious about the universe around you.
One theorist who claims he knows where the concept of God comes from was proposed by neurologist Dr. Michael Persinger. He claims he can demonstrate God is created in the human mind, actually he claims to know particularly where in the human brain. He uses a devise called the “God Helmet” which stimulates parts of the brain using electro-magnatism no more powerful than a blow drier. He theorizes that if you stimulate an area on the right side of the brain in the mesiobasal temporal lobes that it creates a sense of God. According to his studies subjects wear the helmet under sensory deprivation conditions and they frequently reports “mystical experiences and altered states”.
Dr. Persinger demonstrated this devise on a college student on the show. When the student’s EEG appeared to exhibit psuedo-delta waves she started to fell a presence in the room and reported different several out of body experiences. She claimed that there were five entities floating around her. She had an sesation where she was floating above her body and looking down on herself. An experience she did not like was the appearance of flames around her. After the experience she was really quite awed and relaxed after looking nervous going into the experiment.
Her experiences made me think of two cases I had heard about before in my experience. Anyone who has heard people talking about near death experiences has heard them relate similar out of body experience. Was Moses burning bush literally a figment of his unconscious imagination? Was the first question that came to my mind.
Being a chemist by training I also wonder if psychotropic drugs like peyote can interact with this portion of the brain and that’s the source of their halucinagenic effects.
Dr. Persinger claims 80% of subjects experience some kind of “presence” in the room and about 1% of patients say they saw God herself.
Dr. Persinger hypothesizes that this presence most subjects experience is our sense of God, similar to our conscious feelings of self as sentient beings. He thinks since we are the one species on the planet who really knows what the consequences of death are that activity in this part of the brain is a sort of a survival mechanism that helps us deal emotionally with our own demise.
Michelle Bachmann must have her own personal “God Helmet” or possible uses a blow drier far too frequently to form that perfect “Helmet Head” hairdo. I really don’t know. But on Friday June 1st she received a calling from God to run for the GOP nomination.
The Minnesota congresswoman said she received a “calling” to enter the 2012 presidential race. She spoke in an interview with Iowa Public Television on Friday.
“Well, every decision that I make, I pray about, as does my husband, and I can tell you, yes, I’ve had that calling and that tugging on my heart that this is the right thing to do,” Bachmann said.
Bachmann says she experienced a similar type of spiritual guidance in 2006 when she ran for Congress from Minnesota.
“God then called me to run for the United States Congress. And I thought, what in the world would that be for? And my husband said, “You need to do this,” Bachmann said at The Living Word Christian Center, a megachurch in Minnesota, during her campaign.
Personally if Michelle Bachmann’s God is so cruel that they want to take away affordable healthcare. I don’t have much time for that God.