If research is to be believed, humans suppress areas of the brain used for analytical thinking in order to believe in God.
The study also suggests that humans do the opposite when they think about the physical world, i.e. they boost the areas responsible for analytical thinking.
According to notable researcher Professor Tony Jack, “From what we understand about the brain, the leap of faith to belief in the supernatural amounts to pushing aside the critical/analytical way of thinking to help us achieve greater social and emotional insight.”
In an earlier research, Professor Jack’s Brain, Mind & Consciousness laboratory made use of an fMRI machine to show the brain’s ‘analytical network’ of neurons and a ‘social network’ of neurons.
The analytical network enables humans to think critically, while the social network enables humans to empathise.