#068 The Illusion of God’s Presence

I am delighted to interview Dr. Jack Wathey, author of an amazing book, The Illusion of God’s Presence: The Biological Origins of Spiritual Longing. This is a ground breaking work that needs wide attention. I also read and comment on 3 listener letters. http://www.amazon.com/Illusion-Gods-Presence-Biological-Spiritual/dp/1633880745/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1460321773&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=JACK+WATHEY

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  1. Hi Darrel,

    One of your UK regulars here, though I don’t manage to listen to all your episodes.

    I did listen to your session:

    #064 – Ron Low- Foreskin Restoration

    In my former life I was a General Practitioner (more or less like your US family physicians) having done OBGYN for several years, so I have a background in being interested in these subjects.

    Anecdotal discussions with those that have had to have a late circumcision when fully mature for medical reasons, has suggested that there is some reduction in sensitivity. I was thus interested to read the recent reports of a paper published in The Journal of Urology – I have not yet got hold of the original paper and refuse to pay the $30.00; I should be able to get it via one of my old libraries – it has been discussed in the media. It comes from Jennifer Bossio from Queen’s University Ontario, and I note that it involves only neonatal circumcision, not adult as above.

    1.
    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/circumcision-does-not-reduce-penis-sensitivity-research-finds-a6986316.html

    2.
    http://jewishbusinessnews.com/2016/04/15/study-circumcision-does-not-reduce-penis-sensitivity/

    3.
    http://www.techtimes.com/articles/150746/20160416/getting-circumcised-does-not-shrink-male-organ-sensitivity.htm

    4.
    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/04/160414114249.htm

    I’m not totally happy with their interpretations, but thought you and Ron would be interested – there are some thoughtful comments in the above links.

    As an asside, neonatal circumcision is almost never done in UK apart from Muslims and Jews. It is needed rarely in both pre-pubertal boys and adult men occaisionally, but as the natural anatomical development of pre-pubertal function has been more clearly worked out during my my active career, pre-pubertal circ has become less and less common – even ballooning of the prepuce on passing urine is now handled by a mild stretch, antifungals and hydrocortisone. Since the 50s it hs been not permitted for free on the NHS unless pathology ishs found.

    One further comment, this on the ‘asexuality’ podcast. I was left frustrated (no, not in that way!); I would have liked some discussion on how these ladies fit into the Kinsey graduation of sexuality, as in my experience it is not often a clear cut on/off situation when someone has no interest in sex. All sorts of things in the history may be involved. Maternal influences I have found an issue on several occasions and it is my impression that this is less common now that most Mother’s are post the 60s revoluition. Very low libido can also move in suitable circumstances, and I have also seen this in suppresed lesbianism.

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