interesting post popped up at a site named Think,
a Case Western Reserve University site in Cleveland, Ohio, of all places. It is about how we have two brains, and how
these two brains affect our religious belief.
Brains and religious belief: who could ask for a more blog worthy post?
states that we have two brains: analytical and empathy. Then it goes into great detail about how that
affects peoples’ switching between the two brains to come up with their
up my problem with those Christians who desperately need a factual basis for
their belief in God. Of the three major
Middle Easter based religious, Christian, Judaism, and Muslim, Christianity is
the only one whose founder, Jesus Christ, was martyred because of religious
intolerance – and yet, no one will past judgement on you quicker than a
article goes on and on about the problem people have going between their
analytical brain and empathic brain trying to resolve their religious
As for my
beliefs here goes: Belief in science is
a matter of fact, it can be proven or disproven. Belief in God is a matter of faith, it can
neither be proven nor disproven. There can be no facts in faith. If so, then it is no longer faith. It is something else entirely.
To me that
is the beauty of belief in God: One of
our greatest blessings is understanding the universe around us. It is one of God’s greatest gifts. However, you cannot use the gift to know the
Giver. For that, you can only have faith.
It is as if
the whole world was blind and no creature on this planet could see. And God gave humans a set of eyewear glasses
with which they could see, and with it the blessing that everything we could
see we could come to know and understand.
And not only that, we could see how to grind glass so we could see even
further into the universe or lens to see the smallest of objects on earth, and
the promise held: everything we could see we could come to know and understand. However, no matter how far into the universe
we could see or microscopic an object we could see, we could never see
God. To do that we must take off the glasses,
go blind again, and see God through faith – only.
the preaching. One area about our
consciousness the article did not cover in this two brained world is the left
brain/right brain controversy. I was
going to supply link but you would be better to Google it up for the latest in such
exotic topics as lateralization of brain function or functional specialization,
and that is just Wikipedia. It all has to
do with that Y chromosome. The
chromosome that contains the genes that makes a male. If those genes are not present in the womb
during pregnancy, the offspring will be female.
And as part
of becoming male, the male genes in the Y chromosome rewire the right brain of
the developing male child. Supposedly
(theoretically?), males can visualize and turn a 3D object in their heads more
so than females. Because of this
rewiring, males can throw an object at a moving target more accurately than
females. That is why males are perceived
as the hunter in our culture.
argument (theory) seems to be begging the question since in most species
hunting is done by females. Maybe the
rewiring only occurs in humans.
side of this special rewiring of the male brain and in relation to the article
in Think on our two brains is that
females are more empathic than males.
This reminds me of an old saying by Lyndon Johnson that if you can’t
walk into a room and tell who is on your side and who isn’t, you shouldn’t be
in politics. Given that females have
more brain power for empathy, they should make the better politician. Go figure.
saying doesn’t just apply to politicians.
Police detectives and reporters need that trait, also. You don’t have to watch too many of today’s
real life crime stories on TV to see this in action. A really good detective will comment that the
person they are questioning is holding something back or not. Same is true for a reporter interviewing
someone for a potential news story. If
you can’t sense whether you are getting the whole story or not, you should get
out of the news business.
What the rewiring of the right half of the brain has to do with the arguments in the Think piece, I'm not sure. Males have a brain lobe set up to be more analytical and females don't so they should be more empathic, so how this affects the sexes religious philosophy may be ever more so than the Think piece indicates.
So it goes.