Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Well, this explains a lot...

A new study shows that humans are prone to seeing purpose in everything, and "that humans may have a bias for purpose-based reasoning that even scientists can't escape." Down in the article is this quote: "Even though advanced scientific training can reduce acceptance of scientifically inaccurate teleological explanations, it cannot erase a tenacious early-emerging human tendency to find purpose in nature. It seems that our minds may be naturally more geared to religion than science."

If "the God delusion" (or at least a conviction that the universe has purpose) is built into the human psyche, that would certainly help explain our desperation to hold onto religious ideas even when observed facts completely contradict them.

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