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.