Got Science?

How religious are you? Do you devoutly believe in a God (or for that matter in multiple Gods- I’ve got your back Hindus!)? Do you vehemently deny the existence of God? Or are you somewhere in between? People’s religious beliefs often change over time based on social context and life events among other things. But is there something more fundamental, something in a person’s cognitive process, that makes her more disposed to one end of the religious spectrum than the other?

It is this rather challenging question that psychologists Will Gervais and Ara Norenzayan of the University of British Columbia tried to begin answering in their recent article published in Science Magazine. And their findings, if not surprising, are most certainly bound to attract controversy. By primarily testing a group of Canadian undergraduates, the authors of the study found that a more analytical mind was less inclined to believe…

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