There is a short story on Reuters here
about a new book, How God Changes Your Brain
, by Andrew Newberg.
"In essence, when you think about the really big questions in life -- be they religious, scientific or psychological -- your brain is going to grow...It doesn't matter if you're a Christian or a Jew, a Muslim or a Hindu, or an agnostic or an atheist."
This could be argued, of course. I'd have to read the book first to know more details. However, the story also includes an assertion I find it hard to accept.
"Brain scanners show that intense meditation alters our gray matter, strengthening regions that focus the mind and foster compassion while calming those linked to fear and anger" and "a growth in the compassion that virtually every religion teaches and a decline in negative feelings and emotions."
My problem is the religious right. They don't seem all that "calm" or "compassionate" to me. Are they doing it wrong?