Is a pound of bricks heavier than a pound of feathers? Your answer may be related to how religious you are.
Tanya Basu | Sept. 22, 2015 | Time Magazine
It may have little to do with education; psychologists now believe that religiosity is linked to whether you solve problems intuitively or deliberatively
Mary-Ann Russon | October 15, 2015 | International Business Times
“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:
Well that’s a surprise…
[Addendum: Another article on the same study, this time from Scientific American: Children with a Religious Upbringing Show Less Altruism ]
According to the article below, part of the reason is the internet — but that’s not the whole picture. (Also see post Will religion ever disappear?)
Using the Internet can destroy your faith. That’s the conclusion of a study showing that the dramatic drop in religious affiliation in the U.S. since 1990 is closely mirrored by the increase in Internet use.
April 4, 2014 | MIT Technology Review
Interesting discussion from BBC.
by Rachel Nuwer | 19 December 2014 | BBC Future
Atheism is on the rise around the world, so does that mean spirituality will soon be a thing of the past? Rachel Nuwer discovers that the answer is far from simple.
It turns out willpower is something that can improve with practice. No wonder religions have rituals that force you to do the homework…
From Time.com, February 23, 2012:
The hidden health benefits of religious rituals that require willpower
Preliminary results are starting to come in from the multinational project called Explaining Religion. From The Economist April 23, 2011 edition:
Tentatively, scientists are asking: exactly what is religion, and what is it for?
According to Jesse Bering, you need a “theory of mind” in order to believe in a supernatural being — supported by fascinating psychological experiment, described below. Great read.
By Jesse Bering | Sunday, March 13, 2011