Don’t Believe In Evolution? Try Thinking Harder

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.

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The “Echo Chamber Effect”

When unsure of something, it is smart to seek advice from someone else. Nobody knows everything so sometimes we have to rely on the expertise of others to help us make a decision. For medical questions, you consult your doctor. For mortgage advice, we consult a financial advisor. So for religious questions, people ask their priest/rabbi/pastor or other religious leader relevant to their denomination. Is this a smart thing to do? Continue reading The “Echo Chamber Effect”

Don’t be so positive!

Columbus wouldn’t have made it to the Americas if he had thought he’d never get there or how arduous and dangerous the trip was going to be. Einstein wouldn’t have made it out of the patent office if he had been gloomy and doubtful about his theory. And Robert Oppenheimer would never have been able to ready the A-bomb if…wait a second. I know this is an extreme example, but maybe we’re on to something. Perhaps being positive all the time is not such a good thing?

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