Recent nueroscientific research by the atheist philosopher Peter Boghossian resulted in a phenomenal discovery; a discovery that may very well change the way that contemporary researchers view religious belief. Boghossian explains his discovery:
“With the help of some generous funding I discovered that Taenia Solium, belonging to the family Taeniidae, was found to be prevalent within the frontal lobe region of religious brains” (1).
However, Boghossian believes that this affirms his initial hypothesis on religious belief. He is known (as I’ve touched on before) for advocating that religious belief, en masse, is a “virus” while also calling for a process and agenda that will “ultimately eradicate faith.” Religious belief is ultimately, as Boghossian believes, a mental virus. Boghossian sees the manifest implications:
“Essentially what I found is that Taenia Solium lays an infectious agent known as cysticerci. This agent seems to replicate in the brains of religious believers (but my study showed that this is the case with mostly Christians).”
Upon questioning by Ronald Freeman, co-founder of the Atheist Empire for Research Statistics, on how this parasite made it into the frontal lobe region of the religious believers’ brain in the first place, Boghossian had this to say:
“That is an area of ongoing research for me. What I suspect is that it somehow formed itself due to climate within a religious persons brain. Essentially if life on this Earth could come into existence without any help then it wouldn’t stretch the imagination that this must somehow be related to the brain parasite too.”
He also seems to believe that this discovery has confirmed the atheist’s status as a freethinker. This is because, within the testing phase where Boghossian performed neuroimaging on several atheist subjects, no trace of Taenia Solium was to be found. This would explain why atheists are always so open to evidence whereas Christians can’t be due to the infection. He concludes:
“This is a really big find. It affirms my initial hypotheses about religious belief. This would also have implications for the medical science industry since drugs could very well be developed in response to my findings. It’s a massive leap forward for atheism as well.”
1. Research results posted at the Atheist Empire for Research Statistics. Available.
NB: Any names of real people found within this article is purely accidental.