"That left me wondering, however, what function religion fulfills, and why it appeals to so many people I suspect that it has to do with the human brain; what my late husband Heinz called "the lizard brain." We still dream when we sleep - much as people did thousands and millions of years ago. Our brain associates feelings and images and makes up "story lines" that pervade our unconscious, and powerfully affect our sense of power and meaning. This kind of experience gives rise to religious tradition, and responds to the images, the music, the worship, and the stories we know from ancient traditions."(Edge: THE POLITICS OF CHRISTIANITY : A TALK WITH ELAINE PAGELS)
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. . . hmm . . . last night dreamt a hugh complex dream about renovating an old room . . . have spent the last month stripping and preparing the studio for a badly required exterior painting . . . the job was done in a mysterious sistine blue . . . then dreamt the dream . . . dreaming and working have merged . . . not for the first time . . .