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By Ioannis Tsoukalas

This e-book offers a unique cause of the emergence of the God-concept and human religiosity. In so doing it makes inventive use of the newest findings in anthropology, neurology and psychology. on the heart of this clarification is the truth that early adolescence studies predispose humans to 'magical thinking', a bent that's strengthened by means of the human skill to dream and the over-excitability of the cerebral cortex. The interplay of those 3 parts, either at the phylogenetic and ontogenetic point, has given upward thrust to the uniquely human skill to recognize transcendental supplier.

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If the temporal lobe had developed in some other way, the God Experience would not have occurred. I am not contending that the experience of God is localized within the temporal lobe, no more than vision is stored within the occipital lobe or the body image is stored within the parietal region. Instead, my hypothesis is that the God Experience is a phenomenon that is associated with the construction of the temporal lobe. All of us, by virtue of our primate heritage, have this capacity. Some of us may regress to it, others may enhance it, and still others may be embarrassed by its presence.

Persinger, 1987: 15) Finally, there is also another piece of evidence, indirect this time, suggestive of such a relationship. , 1997). Although hypnosis cannot be equated with dreaming it is, nevertheless, related to it in a number of ways. Thus, for example, hypnosis like dreaming prompts the brain to produce a lot of theta rhythms (see Schacter, 1977; Horton & Crawford, 2004). Temporal lobe epilepsy and childhood cognition Temporal lobe epilepsy, as epilepsy in general, is also a very common paediatric disease.

Their adult world too, though not grossly traumatic, constantly produced hurt and injury, and they appeared to have nightmares whenever something in their current lives was very painful and reminded them of their extreme childhood vulnerability, which was still present to some extent. In any case, I am suggesting that some feeling of vulnerability is inevitable in childhood. We all tend to contextualize this vulnerability in dreams and thus to have nightmares, though there are great individual differences in the intensity of these nightmares and the extent to which they continue into adulthood.

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