Feeds

Nuns have multi-point mind-link to God, say researchers

Er, sort of

SANS - Survey on application security programs

Nuns don't have a single G-spot (that is G to God) in their brains after all. This groundbreaking and no doubt riveting piece of information comes courtesy of researchers at the University of Montreal.

The research was prompted by suggestions that religious experiences all involved a common part of the brain. This led some rather excitable people to conclude that there was a part of the brain reserved specifically for communication with God, the BBC reports.

To investigate the hypothesis, researchers hooked 15 nuns up to MRI scanners and asked them to recount religious or mystical experiences they had had.

During the retelling, brain activity was monitored and found to increase in up to 12 regions of the brain, including areas normally associated with emotion and self-consciousness.

Lead researcher Dr Mario Beauregard told the Beeb: "Rather than there being one spot that relates to mystical experiences, we've found a number of brain regions are involved.

"This does not diminish the meaning and value of such an experience and neither does it confirm nor disconfirm the existence of God."

As unlikely as we at El Reg think it is that a region of the brain is reserved for chatting with the big fella, this research doesn't really rule it out. Presumably, none of the nuns was actually having a mystical experience while on the MRI scanners, so all we have are indications of the parts of the brain involved in memory.

Short of strapping all nuns to MRI machines on a permanent basis, though, we're not sure how to design a better experiment.

The work has been published in Neuroscience Letters. ®

Top three mobile application threats

More from The Register

next story
Red-faced LOHAN team 'fesses up in blown SPEARS fuse fiasco
Standing in the corner, big pointy 'D' hats
KILLER SPONGES menacing California coastline
Surfers are safe, crustaceans less so
Fancy joining Reg hack on quid-a-day challenge?
Recruiting now for charity starvation diet
LOHAN's Punch and Judy show relaunches Thursday
Weather looking good for second pop at test flights
Discovery time for 200m WONDER MATERIALS shaved from 4 MILLENNIA... to 4 years
Alloy, Alloy: Boffins in speed-classification breakthrough
Curiosity finds not-very-Australian-shaped rock on Mars
File under 'messianic pastries' and move on, people
Elon Musk's LEAKY THRUSTER gas stalls Space Station supply run
Helium seeps from Falcon 9 first stage, delays new legs for NASA robonaut
Top Secret US payload launched into space successfully
Clandestine NRO spacecraft sets off on its unknown mission
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a defence for mobile apps
In this whitepaper learn the various considerations for defending mobile applications; from the mobile application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies needed to properly assess mobile applications risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.