Reading the article referenced : "Neuroanatomical Correlates of Religiosity and Spirituality
A Study in Adults at High and Low Familial Risk for Depression" I am struck by this in particular :
"Results : Importance of religion or spirituality, but not frequency of attendance, was associated with thicker cortices in the left and right parietal and occipital regions, the mesial frontal lobe of the right hemisphere, and the cuneus and precuneus in the left hemisphere, independent of familial risk. In addition, the effects of importance on cortical thickness were significantly stronger in the high-risk than in the low-risk group, particularly along the mesial wall of the left hemisphere, in the same region where we previously reported a significant thinner cortex associated with a familial risk of developing depressive illness. We note that these findings are correlational and therefore do not prove a causal association between importance and cortical thickness.
Conclusions and Relevance : A thicker cortex associated with a high importance of religion or spirituality may confer resilience to the development of depressive illness in individuals at high familial risk for major depression, possibly by expanding a cortical reserve that counters to some extent the vulnerability that cortical thinning poses for developing familial depressive illness.
This is fascinating stuff ! Much more interesting than the emotive and desperate sounding attempts to proselytize for the eradication of irrational religious belief a particular character type here expresses at every opportunity.
Religious belief has arguably existed in some form or another as far back as humans have. It has a function beyond the negative things that some angry (and often unintentionally ironic) humans often attributed to it. That is an amazing fact. The why and how and interrelational aspects of it are far more logically enticing than the typically boring and nihilistic exhortations some people feel compelled to crap-up forums with.
If I wanted to hear/read THAT kind of junk I'd go to some place where fundamentalists opine, like religious extremist forum, or perhaps a church...