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Do you believe in god?

Posted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 2:29 pm
by Going South
Having sex makes men more likely to believe in God, new research says

You know – you've just had some good times, you're snuggling down, and think, "yes, I think I'll say a prayer now".

If you feel prompted to do such things, science might explain it. Especially if you're male.

According to new research, having sex could inspire some sort of divinity within us – a greater sense of purpose, perhaps.

Researchers at Duke University say that sex could inspire a belief – or an increased belief – in God and religion.

Sex releases something called oxytocin. It's also known as the "hug hormone" and "cuddle chemical", as it plays a crucial role in love and affection.

For a long time the chemical has been known to promote social bonding, trust, and even altruism.

Now, scientists at the North Carolina university in America say it could also incite spirituality in men too.

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Research assistant, Professor Dr Patty Van Cappellen, says: "Spirituality and meditation have each been linked to health and well-being in previous research.

"We were interested in understanding biological factors that may enhance those spiritual experiences.

"Oxytocin appears to be part of the way our bodies support spiritual beliefs."

According to the study, spotted by the Bath Chronicle , women produce more oxytocin than men, but Duke University hasn't yet studied its effects on female godliness.

To test the chemical reaction in men, participants were given the hormone, and others received a placebo.

The men who got a dose of the "hug hormone" were more likely to say that spirituality was an important part of their lives. It had meaning.

They said so whether they'd previously noted that faith was a major aspect of their lives or not.

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Those who took part also said they'd be more likely to see themselves as "interconnection with other people and living things", the study reports.

Oxytocin, it seems, sparked more positive emotions, such as awe, gratitude, hope, inspiration, love, and serenity. But it didn't affect everyone equally – those with a certain gene, called CD38 and which regulates its release in the brain, had a much more amplified response.

The study was published online in Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience .

Prof Van Cappellen adds that another study needs to be carried out with women as the chemical operates differently between genders.

"Oxytocin's effects on women's spirituality still needs to be investigated," she says.

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Re: Do you believe in god?

Posted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 4:33 am
by Leo
Interesting . . . . do you???? :popcorn:

Re: Do you believe in god?

Posted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 3:51 pm
by Going South
I do find myself thanking god very often ;)

Re: Do you believe in god?

Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 4:18 am
by Leo
I think everyone of us believe in god. Anyone of us is Atheist??

Re: Do you believe in god?

Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 9:48 am
by Boycs
I don't personally but I'm not particularly ardent about it. I respect other people's beliefs and I'm open to being proved wrong as and when my end comes.

I suppose you could say I'm a non-practicing atheist?

Re: Do you believe in god?

Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 11:12 am
by Mick180461
Leo wrote:I think everyone of us believe in god. Anyone of us is Atheist??

Yes i am

Re: Do you believe in god?

Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 11:55 am
by Going South
Going South wrote:I do find myself thanking god very often ;)

My reasons for thanking are not religious. Ha!
It's been 6 months since I visited a place of worship. Whenever I visit I am more interested to buy take out delicious food at a discounted rate than praying God etc. does that make me atheist ?

Re: Do you believe in god?

Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 4:50 am
by Leo
^^ There are many controversies regarding the word Atheist.

By definition the person who deny the existence of any supernatural power is called Atheist. In religious belief you always believe in a supernatural power.

Do you deny that existence? :)