Poets, dreamers, painters, writers
we are all epilepsy fighters.
When we go outside, to play for a while,
Please do not pity, snub or revile.
Miss fits ~ Hey Momma
"God Spot" That’s a term you come across a lot when you Google ‘weird seizure experiences’. It refers to epilepsy that originates in the temporal lobes, the parts of brain on either side of our head, behind our ears. When one or both of the temporal lobes seize, millions of misfiring neurons can wreak havoc on functions like memory, emotional responses, speech, processing sounds and smells—even our feelings of conviction and insight. This may go some of the way to explaining why temporal lobe epilepsy has become famous for causing mystical or religious seizures. ‘The most striking aspect of these people is that not only during the seizures, but “interictally”— between the seizures—they have tremendous religious experiences and mystical experiences,’ says VS Ramachandran, a renowned Indian neuroscientist who became obsessed with temporal lobe epilepsy in the 1990s. ‘They say things like, “during the seizure, I experience God—I see the meaning of the universe, the true meaning of the universe, for the first time in my life. I understand my place in the cosmic scheme of things.” That’s what they say. Sometimes they’ll actually say, “I’m talking to God”, or “God is talking to me”.’ Ramachandran’s research was the first clinical evidence to link religious experience with the temporal lobes. However, it still doesn’t explain why some people have transcendent or religious experiences during their seizures. God in a seiz The phenomenon of hypergraphia, or the tendency toward extensive and, in some cases, compulsive writing is prolific, in temporal lobe epilepsy. © 1974 by the American Academy of Neurology
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