Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

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

Religious Kids Are More Selfish Than Non-Religious Kids

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 ]

Religious Kids Are More Selfish Than Non-Religious Kids, Study Says

By VICE News | November 6, 2015 | 2:00 pm

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November 7, 2015 Posted by | behaviour, religion | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Why are people losing their religion?

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?)

How the Internet Is Taking Away America’s Religion

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

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January 2, 2015 Posted by | anthropology, behaviour, religion | , , , | 3 Comments

Will religion ever disappear?

Interesting discussion from BBC.

Will religion ever disappear?

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.
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December 20, 2014 Posted by | anthropology, behaviour, brain, psychology, religion | , , , , , | 1 Comment