The Null Device

Dawkins vs. the God Helmet

Dr. Michael Persinger of Laurentian University, Canada, has developed a magnetic helmet which stimulates religious and mystical experiences in the wearer. A BBC science series decided to put this to the test, choosing the ultimate test subject: militant atheist Richard Dawkins. The score: Dawkins:1, the God Helmet: 0.
Unfortunately, during the experiment, while Prof Dawkins had some strange experiences and tinglings, none of them prompted him to take up any new faith. "It was a great disappointment," he said. "Though I joked about the possibility, I of course never expected to end up believing in anything supernatural. But I did hope to share some of the feelings experienced by religious mystics when contemplating the mysteries of life and the cosmos."

This suggests that openness to religious experience is controlled by temporal lobe sensitivity (something Dawkins scored low on in a prior test), and that this may be genetic. Which suggests that susceptibility to religious belief could be partly genetic. (Though, obviously, not wholly; the environment would have to play a major role.) (via New World Disorder)

There are 3 comments on "Dawkins vs. the God Helmet":

Posted by: Alex http:// Thu Mar 27 11:50:05 2003

I seem to recall a certain Stimpson J Cat as having already built one of these. Sing along if you remember.

"HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY, HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY. HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY, HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY. HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY, HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY, HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY JOY!"

I'LL TEACH YOU TO BE HAPPY! I'LL TEACH YOUR GRANDMOTHER TO SUCK EGGS!

The little creatures of nature. They don't know they're ugly!

I TOLD YOU I'D SHOOT, BUT YOU DIDN'T BELIEVE ME! WHY DIDN'T YOU BELIEVE ME?

etc

Posted by: ren http:// Fri Mar 28 04:20:57 2003

Stimpy, you eeeeeediot!

Posted by: TRM http://www.spiritualbrain.com Sun Jun 13 18:47:00 2004

This technology is now available through the internet.

http://www.spiritualbrain.com

Apparantly, it takes more than just putting on a headset, but many peopel swear by this device.

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