Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

Why we believe spooky nonsense

In essence:

“We seem to have evolved to be extremely quick to ascribe agency – the capacity for intention and action – even to inanimate objects. In our ancestral environment, this tendency is not particularly costly in terms of survival and reproduction, but a failure to detect agents that are there can be very costly.”

Now read the whole thing:

Why are we humans so prone to believing spooky nonsense?

Stephen Law | 15 December, 2015 | aeon

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December 18, 2015 Posted by | behaviour, brain, psychology, religion | , | Leave a comment