The Conundrum of How to Prove You Hold a Nonreligious Worldview
Illiteracy about what it means to be nonreligious is widespread — even in relatively nonreligious societies.
You Think You’re Clairvoyant, But Your Brain Is Just Tricking You
Research found that mix-ups in how your brain keeps track of timing causes odd beliefs.
The Washington Post
Faith Not Linked to Intuition or Rational Thinking, Study Shows
“Religious belief is most likely rooted in culture rather than in some primitive gut intuition,” said researcher Miguel Farias.
Unknown Unknowns: Three Inquiries Into Religion
What is religion? New books by a philosopher, a sociologist, and a theologian give different answers.
Ivory Tower, The New York Times
Why We Contradict Ourselves and Confound Each Other
With his book Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman emerged as one of the most intriguing voices on the complexity of human thought and behavior.
The Neuroscience of Why People Won’t Budge on Their Beliefs
If you want someone to see an issue rationally, you just show them the facts, right? No one can refute a fact. Well, brain imaging and psychological studies are showing that, society wide, we may be on the wrong path by holding evidence up as an Ace card.
Children as Young as 4 Believe in Karma – Good Things Happen to Those Who Do Good
In a new paper in Developmental Science, psychologists at Yale University have shown that children in the U.S. as young as 4 are inclined to believe in, and actively seek, karmic justice, regardless of whether they come from a religious family or not.
British Psychological Society Research Digest
Why Do People Die Fighting for a Cause?
To beat your enemies, you must understand them intimately. And so anthropologist Scott Atran and his colleagues have spent the last two years interviewing Islamic State group fighters and their opponents on the front lines.
Doubts About Evolution Widespread Even Amongst Non-Religious People
That some people hold doubts over the ability of evolution to explain human origins and consciousness, especially if they are not religious, does not necessarily imply that they believe in creationism as the answer. The definition and origin of consciousness is a subject of heated scientific debate, so it is therefore unsurprising that this has also emerged as the biggest area of public concern over the powers of evolutionary principles to fully answer questions about our origins, our identity, and our place on this planet and in this cosmos.
British Science Association
Challenging Theological Doctrines
How does religious doctrine hold up to scientific advance? A new interview series asks experts.
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