Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ brain scans

Today’s Jesus and Mo strip, called “drugs” is based on a Daily Mail report on functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) of the brains of 19 “devout Mormons” (what—no other faiths?). When the Mormons were scanned while undergoing religious experiences, like reading scripture or watching Mormon videos, the fMRIs (which show blood flow to various parts of the brain) revealed activation of several parts of the brain, notably including the “nucleus accumbens”, a bit that also lights up during hedonistic experiences like taking drugs or listening to music. (You can read the paper in Social Neuroscience here, though I haven’t done so.)

At any rate, Jesus is willing to see how other stimulants affect him, but of course Mo is forbidden from drinking or listening to music. My suspicion is that Jesus’s “drug”, which appears to be a Guinness, isn’t strong enough.



  1. GBJames
    Posted January 18, 2017 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    Perhaps you missed the punch line’s intent? I think it is the “sex” part that Mo is referring to.

    • Steven in Tokyo
      Posted January 18, 2017 at 9:06 am | Permalink

      Yes, that’s how I understood it too.

    • rwilsker
      Posted January 18, 2017 at 9:18 am | Permalink

      Yep. Me, too – clearly the punch line.

      • Kevin
        Posted January 18, 2017 at 9:56 am | Permalink

        Good punch line.

        • Geoff Toscano
          Posted January 18, 2017 at 10:55 am | Permalink

          It certainly is. That shifts the boundary ever further forward.

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted January 19, 2017 at 6:38 am | Permalink

        Are you saying that Mo (the body double) likes a bit of “rough trade”?
        “Who’da thunk it” seems doubly appropriate.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted January 18, 2017 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

      Yep, me too. The punch line cracked me up. My mind has a regrettable tendency that way.


  2. Stephen Barnard
    Posted January 18, 2017 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    My favorite Jesus n Mo yet — utterly blasphemous, suggesting sex between Jesus n Mo.

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted January 18, 2017 at 11:14 am | Permalink

      Yep! I think this will become a classic among classics.

  3. Ken Kukec
    Posted January 18, 2017 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    Now, what could the difference possibly be? Oh, yeah, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll never caused anybody to crash a plane into a skyscraper, or to detonate an IED.

    • Sshort
      Posted January 18, 2017 at 10:31 am | Permalink

      Not yet, to my knowledge, but having sex in the cockpit while high and jamming out to thrash metal does sound ill-advised.

      • Posted January 18, 2017 at 10:33 am | Permalink


      • Ken Kukec
        Posted January 18, 2017 at 11:55 am | Permalink

        Worst consequence I know about personally is getting kicked off the plane at the next stop … though the flight attendant who was in the head with me lost her job.

        Helped her find another — never leave your wounded in the battlefield, is my motto.

  4. Kevin
    Posted January 18, 2017 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    Muslims can drink coffee, but not alcohol? That is disconsonant.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted January 19, 2017 at 6:43 am | Permalink

      I think that’s an error – I’ve never met a Muslim who had an issue with coffee. Or indeed, other stimulants (e.g. khat). It’s just alcohol that gets the off-switch.
      Also, I’ve never heard of Muslims being banned from listening to music in general – though some genres attract opprobrium.

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted January 19, 2017 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

        Which just demonstrates yet again that there are many different kinds of Muslims (just like Xtians) and that religion often gets ‘adjusted’ to suit the local customs. My Bosnian Muslim refugee tenants were very proud of their home-made wine.


        • gravelinspector-Aidan
          Posted January 20, 2017 at 7:14 am | Permalink

          I’m sure there are caffein-phobe Muslims somewhere – but such phobes are fairly likely to keep themselves to themselves in a madrassa somewhere, rather than spending a lot of time in the evil outside world. After all, the only times I meet Mormons is because they put themselves out on the streets.

  5. rickflick
    Posted January 18, 2017 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    I was thinking, where’s the bar maid when you need her?

    • Pliny the in Between
      Posted January 18, 2017 at 11:52 am | Permalink

      As far from their bed as is humanly possible, I imagine.

  6. Mike Cracraft
    Posted January 18, 2017 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    The Mormons need less LDS and more LSD.

  7. Steve Pollard
    Posted January 18, 2017 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    I am a neophyte at some of this stuff. What exactly is a Mormon video, and why does it turn them on?

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted January 18, 2017 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

      According to the Daily Mail the “Mormon videos” featured video of Biblical scenes, quotations by Mormon and other religious leaders, the reading of familiar passages from The Book of Mormon… missed opportunity to put in a movie on Mormon ‘Temple Garments’ [their wacky underwear rules]:

      Why does it turn them on? Because they’re deluded I suppose!

      • HaggisForBrains
        Posted January 19, 2017 at 7:36 am | Permalink

        Perhaps they were watching NSFW, and don’t ask me how I know ;-D

        • Michael Fisher
          Posted January 19, 2017 at 8:03 am | Permalink

          Haggis. I didn’t click the link because I love my computer too much to risk an infection, but I do know the type of content because there’s a lot of sites that use variations on Mormon Girls in their url 🙂

          I read an article about Salt Lake City recently & I expected it to be a locked down place what with the LDS cult’s obsession with controlling their member’s morality [no alcohol for example]. But they have bars & clubs [straight & gay] just like every major US city – just with some silly face-saving rules.

          Look up google images of “Zion curtain” for a funny example of the hypocrisy. Very Swiftian [if that’s a word!]

          • HaggisForBrains
            Posted January 19, 2017 at 8:17 am | Permalink

            The Zion curtain reminds me that until quite recently Scottish pubs always had frosted glass windows to the outside world. I understand this was to comply with licensing laws, which in turn were in place to prevent the passing public from seeing how much the regulars were enjoying themselves!

  8. ratabago
    Posted January 19, 2017 at 12:31 am | Permalink

    I read the original paper about six months ago. If I remember rightly the research was carried out in Salt Lake City. Perhaps Mormons because they were locally available?

    I also think they addressed the effects of Mormons being exposed to general Christian texts, secular moral texts, and specific Mormon stimuli designed to have the subjects experience “feeling the Spirit”. This later being the religious state they were interested in characterising.

  9. Graham Martin-Royle
    Posted January 19, 2017 at 3:54 am | Permalink

    I love the Daily Wail headline on Mo’s newspaper!

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted January 19, 2017 at 6:40 am | Permalink

      A studied attempt at not making the catroon date too easily. the headline of the Daily Flail isn’t going to change much in the foreseeable future.

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