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Brain's reactions to symbols suggest we're hard-wired for God — or not

Symbols used in brain function study

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Reactions to visual depictions of Satan or of a Christian cross may be a product of education, but they also are conditioned deep in the brain, a new scientific study reveals.
The results of the research by Dr. Andrew Newberg, a physician and director of research at Thomas Jefferson University’s Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine, may have implications for understanding the effects of religiously based world views in people's lives, as well as in societal discussions of political and moral issues.
"When we are asked about things that pertain to religion, our religious beliefs very substantially affect ...

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