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God on the Brain

Could it be that the physical make-up of people's brains programs them to believe in God? This extraordinary idea — that religion is as biologically part of people, similar to the desire to eat or have sex — lies at the heart of God on the Brain. Studies of Catholic nuns at prayer and Buddhists meditating have shown that whatever the faith, the same areas of the brain become involved when a person seeks communion with God. Interviews with neurologists, religious figures, an atheist and a researcher in neurotheology contribute to this provocative BBC science special.

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