According to an Oxford University researcher specializing in neuroscience, the answer is yes.
In response to a question about the future of neuroscience, Taylor said that “One of the surprises may be to see people with certain beliefs as people who can be treated,” The Times of London notes.
“Someone who has for example become radicalised to a cult ideology — we might stop seeing that as a personal choice that they have chosen as a result of pure free will and may start treating it as some kind of mental disturbance,” Taylor said. “In many ways it could be a very positive thing because there are no doubt beliefs in our society that do a heck of a lot of damage.”
I honestly don’t know what to think about this. And I speak as someone who suffers from depression. I can say, I don’t like the thought or ramifications of religious fundamentalism being in the same category as depression. But then, I’m not a don’t specialize in neuroscience.
- Is religion a mental illness? (whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com)
- Leading neuroscientist: Religious fundamentalism may be a ‘mental illness’ that can be ‘cured’ (rawstory.com)
- Neuroscientist; “Religious Fundamentalism Could Be Treated As A Mental Illness” (lunaticoutpost.com)
- Kathleen Taylor, Neuroscientist, Says Religious Fundamentalism Could Be Treated As A Mental Illness (huffingtonpost.com)