Sunday, May 13, 2012

good religion and bad

Bad religion is what happens when you cast your critical faculties aside. Science now seems to have evidence to support this notion:

Being 'Born-Again' Linked to More Brain Atrophy:

WEDNESDAY, May 25 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who say they've had a life-changing religious experience are more likely to have a greater decrease in size of the hippocampus, the part of the brain critical to learning and memory, new research finds.

According to the study, people who said they were a "born-again" Protestant or Catholic, or conversely, those who had no religious affiliation, had more hippocampal shrinkage (or "atrophy") compared to people who identified themselves as Protestants, but not born-again.

The study is published online in PLoS ONE.

Ayup. Bad religion is bad for you.


1 comment:

Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Dammit, Kevin, where're your own critical faculties?! These folks have been born again! Of course they've got a smaller hippocampus -- newborns need time for their brains to grow!

Jeffery Hodges

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