I've been reading a lot in neuroscience and "mind" books. I've read a lot about an idea that the limbic system is the cause of higher-being beliefs. Studies done on epileptic patients with seizures located in the temporal lobes show that during a seizure, the patients recall feeling euphoric, in touch with nature, and divine/spritual. Here's an excerpt from a book I have by Dr. Richard Restak, titled The Brain Has A Mind Of Its Own: He says "Many of our social, political, and moral beliefs rest on a kind of visceral certitudea: 'I know it in my heart,' we say when we are absolutely convinced." (as you religous people say when asked 'how do you know God exists?') "We 'cross our heart' or raise our right hand as if taking an oath. That certainty originates in the temporal lobes of the human brain. We know this because epileptics with seizures originating in the temporal lobes often speak of a feeling of 'utter convictiom' or 'great insight'. In most people this feeling of certainty attaches to generally accepted ideas and thoughts. But with a delusion an idea that the person would never have found acceptable under ordinary circumstances can instantly crystallize into certainty. At that moment the anxiety, uneasiness, and vague disquietude disappear, to be replaced by an almost blissful state. Naturally, this kind of feeling isn't relinquished easily, hence the intransigence of the delusional belief. Those who attempt to destroy the delusion and thereby threaten to bring about a restoration of the dreaded doubts, fears, and anxieties risk becoming the objects of a murderous frenzy." ... and the kicker--> "We have a deeply felt need to construct explanations about the world and our mental experiences. When it comes to the meaning of events surrounding us, we abhor uncertainty, ambiguity, being 'left hanging'." What do yall think?