A new University of British Columbia study finds that analytic thinking can decrease religious belief, even in devout believers
The study, which is published in the April 27 issue of Science, finds that thinking analytically increases disbelief among believers and skeptics alike, shedding important new light on the psychology of religious belief.
“Our goal was to explore the fundamental question of why people believe in a God to different degrees,” says lead author Will Gervais, a PhD student in UBC’s Dept. of Psychology. “A combination of complex factors influence matters of personal spirituality, and these new findings suggest that the cognitive system related to analytic thoughts is one factor that can influence disbelief.”
We are natural-born dualists and holding two contradictory positions in one brain is not uncommon.M Paul Lloyd wrote:This is one of the reasons why I find it hard to accept that anyone with a scientifically analytical way of thinking can have any really serious religious belief, but I got nowhere with that one did I?
analytic thinking can decrease religious belief
I didn't think we'd need a study to tell us that!
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