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An interesting research paper with findings that could be quite significant. If psychologist Will Gervais is on to something, it might help explain why debates concerning evolution between the scientifically minded and the religiously minded, tend not to get resolved. It’s not just that people are stubborn and it is hard to get them to question things they hold to be true.
In summary, Gervais has found a statistically significant relationship between the extent to which individuals exhibited a more analytic style and their endorsement of evolution. The more analytically minded the individual, the more readily that person would accept evolution.

Psychologist Tania Lombrozo looks at a new paper that finds an association between cognitive style — intuitive or analytic — and beliefs about evolution.

Source: Don’t Believe In Evolution? Try Thinking Harder

These are my reasons for being an atheist

Sometimes people ask me why I am an atheist. While I can think of many general reasons, I have personal reasons that first started me to doubt my faith and later convinced me that there was no reason to have faith at all. While I have written several posts about this slow process of realisation, this post is intended as a summary of that process. These are my reasons for being an atheist.

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One of the things I like to do, is find animals in and around my house. Usually they are insects but I’ve been surprised early in the morning by a hare that was sitting in my driveway. A couple of days ago, I caught this mayfly sitting on the side of my car as it was catching the morning rays of the sun.
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I have mentioned Christopher Hitchens here before. By the time I had heard about him, checked out Youtube videos showing him debating theists and others, he had sadly already passed away some months before. I say sadly because when I listened to him debating people with his style, his eloquence and his unrelenting exposure of his oppononents’ assumptions, misunderstandings, strawmen or lies, I immediately took a liking to him.

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As the linked article from the Washington Post illustrates, there are good reasons to doubt that there was ever a historical Jesus. And yet, when I go through the gospels I can’t shake the feeling that there must be something more to it then a simple story. There’s just too much justification going on, too much manufacturing to make the story “fit”. I can’t get rid of the feeling that at the heart of the Jesus myth, there existed a real person around whom all these stories have been wrapped. Was he divine? No, of course not. Was he a miracle worker? No, not at all. Perhaps a misguided rabbi. Perhaps someone who was delusional and actually believed he was the Messiah. Perhaps someone who was set up as the Messiah by fanatical followers. With the lack of sources and the centuries of obfuscation and mystification, we’ll probably never know who, if anyone at all, is at the core of the myth.

There are clearly good reasons to doubt Jesus’ historical existence.

Source: Did historical Jesus really exist? The evidence just doesn’t add up.