Is God All in Our Heads?
Rhawn Joseph thinks there’s a genetic, neurological basis for religious belief and spiritual experience?that God is all in our heads. He believes homo sapiens have evolved the ability to experience God through the amygdala, a small, almond-shaped structure buried deep in the brain. This is in the most primitive part of the brain, where emotions and sexual pleasure come from. Joseph says, “These tissues, which become highly activated when we dream, when we pray or when we take drugs such as LSD, enable us to experience those realms of reality normally filtered from consciousness, including the reality of God, the spirit, the soul, and life after death.” Despite his studies, he’s not an atheist.