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Choice News WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2011  |  31 comments
Study suggests 'born-again' believers have smaller brains
The study, which examined the hippocampus region of the brain, found that Protestants who did not have a "born again" experience had significantly more gray matter than either those who reported a life-changing religious experience, Catholics, or unaffiliated older adults.

The study, funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Templeton Foundation, included at least two MRI measurements of the hippocampus region of 268 adults between 1994 and 2005.

It found an association between participants' professed religious affiliation and the physical structure of their brain. Specifically, those identified as Protestant who did not have a religious conversion or born-again experience ‚ÄĒ more common among their evangelical brethren ‚ÄĒ had a bigger hippocampus. ...


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News Item6/2/11 11:40 PM
jpw  Find all comments by jpw
Eugenic Darwinism, alive and well!

Just fill a room with a bunch of swelled heads and look what you get!

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News Item6/2/11 9:54 PM
Sean Porterfield  Contact via emailFind all comments by Sean Porterfield
A few general replies:

1) What Christians are they asking? With so many movements and denominations who are you asking? Seeker-senitive type groups? Or confessionals or groups that support higher learning.

2) Who did they ask for non-Christians? College Professors, businessmen?

3) Should this advise us as Christians to be building our knowledge in a non-prideful way?

4) With many Christians homeschooling their children why isn't their data input from the fact that Homeschoolers generally achiever higher test scores than public schoolers?

5)Remember that Christianity isn't for the smart or foolish, its for the sinful, and we are all sinful, while secularism often tries to convince by saying "If your smart you wouldn't believe that" and people WANT to be smart.

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News Item5/30/11 3:02 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
No, those guys with big brains are just muscle-heads! [URL=http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/brainsize.html]]]Brain size -- or My brain is bigger than your brain![/URL] Duke it out, kids!

Watch out though, this come from a site with people with really big brains, they suffer from Evolution.

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News Item5/28/11 7:55 PM
Carlo Maffatt | Las Vegas, Nevada  Protected NameContact via emailFind all comments by Carlo Maffatt
Hilarious! What will religion-haters try to dream up next?! And anyway, when Einstein died and they examined his brain in the autopsy, everyone was quite stunned at how small it was. So, to all the born-again folks out there, take heart...maybe a smaller brain isn't a bad thing. What a ludicrous study.
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News Item5/28/11 3:52 PM
Frank Dombrosky | Texas  Find all comments by Frank Dombrosky
I'm wondering how much money was wasted on this idiotic study.
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News Item5/26/11 10:40 PM
Cazares | Houston  Contact via emailFind all comments by Cazares
Wow....now I understand why I lost so much information when I was born again.......Stupid! It is probably because we don't care of so many things of this present evil world....that our mind is just doxuse to be Christ-like.....duh...
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News Item5/25/11 7:25 PM
Crawlingwolf  Find all comments by Crawlingwolf
big E small wrote:
Isn't the Hippocamus where the hippopotamuses go to school?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hippo_pod_edit.jpg
And I thought Berkley wa A Hip Ol Campus
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News Item5/25/11 6:19 PM
EP  Find all comments by EP
Revivalandreformation wrote:
Great...I've offended someone again.
Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness; and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil which shall not break my head; for yet my prayer also shall be in their calamity. Psalm141:5
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News Item5/25/11 6:03 PM
Revivalandreformation | Canada  Contact via emailFind all comments by Revivalandreformation
EP wrote:
I don't believe that was what Frank said and if you think 9th commandment violations are comical, you might want to rethink why God doesn't think so.
Great...I've offended someone again.
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News Item5/25/11 5:24 PM
EP  Find all comments by EP
I don't believe that was what Frank said and if you think 9th commandment violations are comical, you might want to rethink why God doesn't think so.
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News Item5/25/11 5:04 PM
Revivalandreformation | Canada  Contact via emailFind all comments by Revivalandreformation
Frank wrote:
What do you mean my edumacaxion went to nothin'? The problem I have is the size of my head and brain shoot this whole theory right out of the water. I have one of the biggest of both on earth...
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News Item5/25/11 4:52 PM
Frank | Clearwater, FL  Contact via emailFind all comments by Frank
Revivalandreformation wrote:
Shoot...does that mean I is dbum? I figured I is smrt...
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Hey Paul. No that doesn't mean that at all. But in my humble opinion your grammar and spelling are pretty bad.

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News Item5/25/11 4:14 PM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
big E small wrote:
Isn't the Hippocamus where the hippopotamuses go to school?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hippo_pod_edit.jpg
Maybe so. I hear the profs have big mouths, too
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News Item5/25/11 3:39 PM
big E small  Find all comments by big E small
Mike wrote:
"The study, which examined the hippocampus region of the brain, the hippocampus is a fairly small part of the brain, so the "significantly more gray matter" phrase is bogus. For another, the size of the brain doesn't necessarily imply anything. Some of the whales, dolphins, elephants have larger brains than humans. Maybe they're liberals, too.
Isn't the Hippocamus where the hippopotamuses go to school?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hippo_pod_edit.jpg

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News Item5/25/11 3:11 PM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
"The study, which examined the hippocampus region of the brain, found that Protestants who did not have a "born again" experience had significantly more gray matter than either those who reported a life-changing religious experience, Catholics, or unaffiliated older adults."

A bit of nonsense here. For one thing, unless I'm mistaken, the hippocampus is a fairly small part of the brain, so the "significantly more gray matter" phrase is bogus. For another, the size of the brain doesn't necessarily imply anything. Some of the whales, dolphins, elephants have larger brains than humans. Maybe they're liberals, too.

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News Item5/25/11 11:44 AM
Kenny  Find all comments by Kenny
I seriously doubt if the size of the human brain makes any difference at all in your level of intelligence. It's what you do with what you have that matters.
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News Item5/25/11 11:24 AM
Revivalandreformation | Canada  Contact via emailFind all comments by Revivalandreformation
Shoot...does that mean I is dbum? I figured I is smrt...
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News Item5/25/11 10:51 AM
Frank | Clearwater, FL  Contact via emailFind all comments by Frank
SteveR wrote:
1 Corinthians 1:26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
1 Corinthians 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
1 Corinthians 1:28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
1 Corinthians 1:29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.
I agree fully with the thoughts behind the scriptures you used. If the world doesn't think something is wrong with me, then something is wrong with me. Thanks for your thoughts!
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News Item5/25/11 10:32 AM
jpw  Find all comments by jpw
let the propoganda begin!
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News Item5/25/11 10:08 AM
CV | Australia  Find all comments by CV
Joe the Protestant wrote:
Let's see. People in Christian History that had small brains?:
Augastine
Anselm
Aquinas
Bernard
Beza
Calvin
Edwards
Farrell
John Gill
M.L.Jones
.....
To mention a few.
And people with large brains:
Stalin
Mousalini
Mao Tse Tung
Idi Amin
etc.....

Also, whats interesting is that they put born-again Christians and nonbelievers on the same side of the ledger.

So the headline should read:
"Christians and atheists have same size brains."

Can't argue with good Darwinian science, I guess.

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