When there’s a single thief, it’s robbery. When there are a thousand thieves, it’s taxation.
This is definitely how I want my tax money spent. The government is using our tax dollars to fund a study that seeks to prove Catholics and Born-Agains have smaller brains than Protestants.
From USA Today: The study, which examined the hippocampus region of the brain, found that Protestants who did not have a “born again” experience had significantly more gray matter than either those who reported a life-changing religious experience, Catholics, or unaffiliated older adults.
The study, funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Templeton Foundation, included at least two MRI measurements of the hippocampus region (Editor’s note – oh, well, that cinches it, TWO MRI’s studied by an idiot and probably a bigot) of 268 adults between 1994 and 2005…
…So why would born-again Protestants, Catholics and those with no religious affiliation have a smaller hippocampus?
Researchers speculate it may have something to do with the stress of belonging to a minority group. Chronic stress floods the brain with hormones that, over time, may damage the hippocampus.
Sociologists of religion, meanwhile, aren’t buying it. They say the researchers’ theory flies in the face of U.S. religious demographics. While it’s true that evangelicals are a minority, they’re a sizable one — 40% of the U.S. population, according to Gallup Polls — and not exactly a stressed-out minority, especially in the South.
“There are probably more born-again Protestants than non-born-again Protestants, and just about as many Catholics as either born-again or non-born- again Protestants,” said David Roozen, sociologist of religion at Hartford Seminary.'” Read here: Pea brains did this study