The “God spot” is missing

God and brainAccording to the Huffington Post, research conducted by the University of Missouri has shown that there is not a single point or area in the brain where experiences of God are located. The so-called “God spot” seems absent. Instead, spirituality is spread all over the brain, though there is apparently a correlation between the right side of the brain and a focus on the self.

I don’t find these findings particularly surprising, and I actually expect that future research will corroborate these findings. But it’s interesting nonetheless. Again it shows that spirituality in general and religion in particular is closely bound to our embodied self with its own evolutionary history – though I don’t believe it can be reduced to that.

(Image source: http://parasearcher.blogspot.com/2009/08/finding-god-spot.html.)