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Religion accelerates brain shrinkage?

[I can hardly wait for the comments on this one.]

Religion may affect brain changes
Leesha Mckenny Religious Affairs
May 23, 2011

FAITH can open your mind but it can also cause your brain to shrink at a different rate, research suggests.

Researchers at Duke University Medical Centre in the US claim to have discovered a correlation between religious practices and changes in the brains of older adults.

The study, published in the open-access science journal, Public Library of Science ONE, asked 268 people aged 58 to 84 about their religious group, spiritual practices and life-changing religious experiences. Changes in the volume of their hippocampus, the region of the brain associated with learning and memory, were tracked using MRI scans, over two to eight years.

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does not at all express what the study shows.
The article states that "Protestants who did not identify themselves as born-again were found to have less atrophy in the hippocampus region than did born-again Protestants, Catholics or those with no religious affiliation."
I found it very interesting how the "born agains" are grouped with the "no religious affiliation" in this study. To me, it sounds like this study shows that those 2 groups have a tendency to think less than other people who may be spiritually seeking their own personal answers, or what feels true in their own center - rather than simply believing what they are told or not believing anything spiritual at all. So saying that "religion" accelerates brain shrinkage is not only very misleading - imo, it is absolutely not true.

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"Stand up for what you believe in. Even if you stand alone."
~ Sophie Magdalena Scholl
"Let it not be said that we did nothing."
~ Ron Paul
"You must be the change you want to see in the world."
~ Mahatma Gandhi

And

The witness of YaHUaH is
trustworthy, making wise the simple;
~ Psalm 19:7

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Hear, O Israel: YHUH our God YHUH one. And thou shalt love YHUH thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

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Agreed.

Agreed.

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"Stand up for what you believe in. Even if you stand alone."
~ Sophie Magdalena Scholl
"Let it not be said that we did nothing."
~ Ron Paul
"You must be the change you want to see in the world."
~ Mahatma Gandhi

Here's another false statement, based on the study's findings.

"FAITH can open your mind but it can also cause your brain to shrink at a different rate, research suggests."
As I indicated previously, it is not FAITH, but a lack of thought processing that leads to brain shrinkage. Whoever wrote this article had some brain shrinkage of their own, imo.

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"Stand up for what you believe in. Even if you stand alone."
~ Sophie Magdalena Scholl
"Let it not be said that we did nothing."
~ Ron Paul
"You must be the change you want to see in the world."
~ Mahatma Gandhi