I have a rather tentative hypothesis and I would appreciate any input you
might care to give me.
The evidences which led me to my hypothesis are:
1. Studies have linked hyper activity in the temporal lobe with religiously
estatic experiences (glossalalia etc.).
2. Cerbellar stimulation has been firmly linked to emotional stability ( or
the lack therof). Cerbellar stimulation being defined as rythmic motions that
stimulate the cebellar.
3. Early cerebellar stimulation has been linked to normal neurological
developement in the lymbic system, thus contributing to normal emotional
4. Definite connections have been established between the cerebellum and the
lymbic system thus explaining point two.
5. Most religious systems that involve "mystical experience" use some method
of altering states of consciousness. This can include pharmacology and
restricted diet. A more common method is rythmic music and motion. Such
rythmic music would stimulate emotional response in the lymbic system while
the rythmic motions would stimulate the cerbellum.
My hypothesis is that
certain types of cerbellar stimulation affect not only the lymbic system but
concurrently affect the temporal lobe, thus facillitating the religiously
Since posting a request for data, I have received an e-mail from the
University of Wisconsin neuroscience lab stating that they have established
neural links between the cerbellum and temporal lobe.
I would very much appreciate any input. Please direct input via e-mail as I
am not always able to peruse the newsgroups.