"It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into." ~ Jonathan Swift
On June 19, 2014 In 3 for Thursday, Atheism, Bias, Catholics, Evangelicalism, Featured, Personal Identity, Racism, Religion Surveys, Secular Humanism
New studies say something about religious identity and their perils in family, job prospects in the American South, and in defining a country.
On January 5, 2014 In Atheism, Bias, Catholics, Evangelicalism, Evolution, Groupthink, Neuroscience, Nonfiction Reviews, Secular Humanism, Theology
"Secular societies climbed the ladder of religion, and then kicked it away," says Ara Norenzayan in Big Gods: How Religion Transformed Cooperation and Conflict. Security breeds secularity. "There are indications that some societies with strong institutions and material well-being may have passed a threshold, no longer needing religion to sustain large-scale cooperation."
“One should go easy on smashing other people’s lies. Better to concentrate on one’s own.” ~ Iris Murdoch, Henry and Cato
We rely on our brains, so the idea of your brain tricking you might be disheartening, but it’s a reality. The brain gathers information and fills in the gaps. Sometimes we see things that we think are there and make judgments about the world based on that observation, but sometimes it’s all in our
The power of bias is immense. It can keep us from seeing our own faults and give us an undeserving certainty about the world. Noticing the biases of others may be easier, especially if you are the unfortunate subject of them, but finding a way to convince them of those biases can feel like
Misperception is a powerful force. It drives our daily lives in ways we are often unaware, and it may take many forms. Biases can get in the way of solid conclusions about the world. This is why it is important for scientific studies to be verifiable and falsifiable, and why peer review is always
My newest article, “A priest, a rabbi, and an atheist walk into a conference,” for ToledoFAVS.com (our local hub of the Religion News Service) is up. In this piece I reflect on this year’s annual meetings of The American Academy of Religion and The Society of Biblical Literature through the eyes of two scientific studies on group