Tag Archives: psychology of belief

Seven Kinds of Magical Thinking That Even Skeptics Can’t Escape

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Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy.—Walt Disney Part 5 of a 7-Part Series – Why People Believe in Miracles and Other Kinds of Magic (Part 4 here) Magic takes us outside of reality, … Continue reading

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Miracles are Magic by Another Name

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Part 1 of a 7-Part Series — Why People Believe in Miracles and Other Kinds of Magic If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a … Continue reading

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Can Bacteria Help Us Understand Religion? Part 1: The Brain-Changing Power of Religious Belief

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To progress toward a better future, humanity desperately needs a better understanding of religion. Maybe microbes can help. Religion is one of the most powerful forces in human society. Before the rise of America’s Christian Right and before Islamists turned … Continue reading

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Does Christianity Make An Idol Out of the Human Brain?

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Do some Christians worship belief itself? Bible-believing Christianity requires an extraordinary degree of faith in the human mind or rather the whole chain of minds that have brought us the Bible and Christian teachings in their current forms. Evidence suggests … Continue reading

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Can Religion be an Addiction?

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“I’ve never been happier since I quit my 30-year addiction to Jesus.” – Blogger and Christian Heretic Sandra Kee To a medical researcher, the word addiction has a specific biological meaning. But in common vernacular, it means approximately this: the … Continue reading

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From AwayPoint on YouTube: Why The God Hypothesis is Obsolete

Christianity Through the Lens of Cognitive Science, Part 8.  (Last in Series) Brain science is remarkably close to offering a full naturalistic explanation of individual religious experiences, everything from certain belief to moral indignation to mystical rapture to spiritual transformation. … Continue reading

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From AwayPoint on Youtube: How Beliefs Change

With all of the ways that beliefs resist change, one might think that awakening to complicated realities is hopeless. But there is another half of the equation. As much as we tend to be wary of threats against our world … Continue reading

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