But, What of the God Spot?


Within the last few years there have been reports of the discovery of a God Spot in the brains of human beings. Many theists jumped on the bandwagon proclaiming this discovery and how it must mean that belief in God is a natural state for humankind.

God spot

Much more research on this topic has been completed. It is asserted now that there are many areas in the human brain which lend themselves to religious belief. There is much speculation on how these areas arose. My own opinion differs from the mainstream as to how it arose in the human brain. I think it is the result of the same conditioning we have for belief in our parents protective powers when we are children. In the adult, the same adulation we had for our parents is switched over to parent-like deities.

Does a God exist? There are many religions that existed which claimed many Gods. Christianity claims there is only one true God. As John Zande, in his blog “The Superstitious Ape”, in a recent post “now theists listen carefully”, remarked, and I am paraphrasing, ‘If this were so (only one God) then every community of people everywhere would have arrived at the same God’.

I thought this a remarkable observation. This observation reveals the reality that religion is a fabrication.

To explain: In science, a scientific principal is arrived upon through observation, research, and hypothesis. A scientific principal, admittedly, is a human construct. Yet, nature obeys these theories, as they are called, startlingly. Over the ages many scientific theories, principals, have been discovered, lost, and then re-discovered. Once re-discovered they are always very much the same as they were when first discovered. They do not change. Even if humanity were to vanish, nature would continue to obey these principals. If another species arose upon the earth, reached a level of intelligence comparable to our own, and made these scientific discoveries, they would again, be the same.

Numerous civilizations have existed solitarily on this planet. Each one, for whatever reason, developed their own religious belief system. Christianity arose only once. Other various religions arose only once. Each religion that developed was different. Co-habitation with other religions led to some borrowing between them, but originally, they were separate unique fabrications. If religion were to disappear, and redevelop, they would again be different from any that existed before. Religions (Gods) are not discovered. Religions (Gods) are made.

And this is a stark difference between science and religion. Science endures, religion does not. Nature obeys the outlines presented by scientific principals regardless of humanity’s presence. Religion can only exist in humanity’s presence.

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5 Responses to But, What of the God Spot?

  1. john zande says:

    “Religion can only exist in humanity’s presence.” Great conclusion. I think we’ve stumbled upon something here, Drenn. It’s the real Achilles Heel of theism: its not natural, and we can prove it without lifting a finger. I’m writing a follow up post trying to identify what is the actual natural state of a human at rest. It’s not theism, we know that, but is it a-theism? If not, then what?

  2. Mordanicus says:

    “Many theists jumped on the bandwagon proclaiming this discovery and how it must mean that belief in God is a natural state for humankind.”

    The good old naturalistic fallacy, something is good because it is natural. Well, murder and rape are also part of natural human behaviour, but are (happily) almost universally rejected as being immoral. Even if a believe in god is somehow a natural aspect of human life, it does not prove the existence of god.

  3. john zande says:

    Agreed. Morality is little more than the elaborate extension of empathy, and all higher order social creature in possession of enough neurons have the ability to feel empathy. The moral argument for a god collapses when confronted with a natural explanation for right actions. Morals might appear outwardly honorable (and they are), but they are also inwardly quite selfish. We act in a moral way because we want others to also act in that manner. If they do our chances of survival are increased. No one benefits from chaos.

  4. drenn1077 says:

    I was thinking… what if nature does not react in the same way when humans are not observing. Of course, this brings up Quantum physics, wherein, observation supposedly influences what an object does. Nevertheless, we see religions “dying” when the followers of that religion all die out. In any case, religions do rely on humanity for existence.

  5. john zande says:

    Weeeesh, you just blew my mind a little there. The problem in ‘imagining’ quantum mechanics (observe effects) in action is it gets really complicated really, really, really quickly.

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