• Psychology of Belief (the videos)

    I was interviewed this past week by Seth “The Thinking Atheist” Andrews, who was interested in talking about what psychology has to say about belief. Specifically, we talked about intelligence and religion, biases, babies, and the scientific method. Check out the videos below.

    This leads into my next major series of posts, which will be examining the relationship between religiosity and intelligence, based in part on work some of my students and I have done.

    (EDIT – Added link to first post in series on “Intelligence & Religion”)

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    Article by: Caleb Lack

    Caleb Lack is the author of "Great Plains Skeptic" on SIN, as well as a clinical psychologist, professor, and researcher. His website contains many more exciting details, visit it at www.caleblack.com

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    • http://debunkingchristianity.blogspot.com/ John W. Loftus

      This is wonderful stuff! Thanks so much for your insights.

      • http://www.caleblack.com/ Caleb W. Lack

        I appreciate the compliment, John!

    • http://www.www.skepticink.com/tippling/ Jonathan MS Pearce

      Just tweeted this!

      • http://www.caleblack.com/ Caleb W. Lack

        Thanks for sharing, Jon!

    • http://www.skepticink.com/dangeroustalk Dangerous Talk

      Awesome videos!

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    • http://twitter.com/IAmARobot0101 Louis Marti

      Excellent videos. I’m a senior undergraduate Psychology student and I’m actually conducting a correlational study comparing religiosity and cognitive style for class. While doing some background research for it I came upon this Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religiosity_and_intelligence

      There is a section on studies comparing religious belief and IQ. I would be curious as to your thoughts on studies that have found differences. Do you believe they have methodological flaws?

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    • http://www.facebook.com/dov.henis Dov Henis

      More On Religion, Science and
      Intelligence

      _________________________________

      It takes a change
      of culture, of the mode of reactions to circumstances, to effect a change of
      habit. Genetics is the progeny of culture, not vice versa. This applies in ALL
      fields of human activities, including economics, to ALL personal and
      social behavioral aspects.

      Since the early
      1900’s ALL “science” has been taken over by the Technology Culture of the
      religious Americans, represented by the trade-union-church AAAS. Plain and
      simple. There has not been any science in the world since then except “religious-American-science”.

      On the blissful
      religious science ignorance…:

      USA-World
      Science Hegemony Is Science Blind

      Since the early
      2000s I have been posting many articles on science items surveyed and analyzed
      by me, without religious background-concepts. I have been doing this because I
      was deeply disturbed by the religiosity of the 1848-founded AAAS trade-union
      and by the consequent religious background-tint of its extensive
      “scientific” publications and activities.

      On my next birthday
      I’ll be 88-yrs old. I know that I’m deeply engaged in a Don Quixotic
      mission-war to extricate-free the USA and world Science from the clutches
      and consequences of the religious-trade-union-church AAAS, adopted strangely by
      the majority of scientifically ignorant religious god-trusting Americans and by
      their most other humanity following flocks…

      But I am sincerely
      confident that only thus it is feasible and possible to embark on a new,
      rational, Human culture (Scientism) and on new more beneficial and effective
      technology courses for humanity…

      Dov Henis (comments
      from 22nd century)

      Energy-Mass Poles
      Of The Universe

      http://universe-life.com/2012/11/14/701/

      ============================

      Decide Humanity: Scientism Or Natural Selection

      http://www.sciencemag.org/site/special/conflict/index.xhtml http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2012/05/roots-of-racism.html?ref=em

      Scientism:

      A doctrine and method characteristic of
      scientists, and the proposition that scientific doctrine and methods of
      studying natural sciences should be used in all areas of investigation and in
      conduct of politics-social-cultural-civil affairs in pursuit of an efficient
      practical, as fair as possible, civics framework.

      Natural Selection:

      All mass formats, inanimate and animate, follow
      natural selection, i.e. intake of energy or their energy taken in by other mass
      formats.

      All politics and economics, local, national and
      international, are about evolutionary biology, about Darwinian evolution, about
      survival, about obtaining and maintaining and distributing energy.

      Religion:

      is a virtual factor-component in human’s natural selection.
      Its target-function is to preserve-proliferate specific cultural phenotypes.

      Natural selection-religion are compatible with
      technology-capitalism but are obviously incompatible with science-scientism,
      that targets preservation-proliferation of the genotype.

      Science-scientism is an obvious threat to the
      survival of a cultural phenotype.

      Dov Henis (comments from 22nd century)

      Universe-Energy-Mass-Life Compilation

      http://universe-life.com/2012/02/03/universe-energy-mass-life-compilation/

      For A Scientism Culture

      http://universe-life.com/2011/06/11/for-a-scientism-culture/

      ==================================

      On
      religion-accommodating AAAS science: How can science be more theosophized
      than by regarding life-brain-mind-spirituality as being mysteriously
      apart-different from other mass formats?

      Life
      is just another mass format. Self-replicating.

      Most phenomena
      attributed (erroneously) to life only are ubiquitous, including culture,
      natural selection and (apparent) intelligence…

      Why RNA genes are
      the heart of medicine…

      Life underneath the
      academEnglish verbiage…

      Intelliget
      Life

      Life:

      self-replicating
      mass format of evolving naturally selected RNA nucleotide(s), which is life’s
      primal organism.

      Natural
      selection:

      ubiquitous
      phenomenon of material, a mass format, that augments its energy constraint.

      Mass-Energy:

      inert-moving
      graviton(s), the fundamental particle of the universe, inert extremely briefly
      at the pre-big-bang singularity .

      Intelligence:

      learning from
      experience.

      Intelligent
      Life

      Life is an evolving
      system continuously undergoing natural selection i.e. continuously selecting,
      intelligently, opportunities to augment its energy constraint in order to
      survive i.e. in order to avoid its own mass format being re-converted to
      energy.

      Dov Henis

      (comments from 22nd
      century)

      http://universe-life.com/

      PS:

      Genome is a base organism
      evolved, and continuously modified, by the genes of its higher organism as its
      functional template.

      DH

      • dovhenis

        What would the human world
        be without god, or without science

        (May 1/ 3 2014)

        Scientifically natural gravity is the monotheism of
        the universe.

        The reverence- to- god- tradition, religion of the present
        Western culture, was introduced by
        Abraham (2117-1942 BCE) from the
        Casdites-Babylonians, in whom it was evoked by the sight of the apparently “praying”
        palm trees, with their palm-like leaves, rewarded with “God’s gift”, in
        Persian “Bagdad” (bag=god, dad=dat hence date-fruit, data=
        given/gift. This reverence- tradition
        was re- adopted by the Jews exiled into Babylonia (586 BCE) , and later adopted
        also by the Persians who conquered the
        Babylonian empire, and later adopted also by Alexander , who conquered the
        Persian empire, and later adopted also
        by the Greeks and finally adopted also by the Romans and by their following
        Western world heritage…

        – What would a world without god look like?

        – What would a world without science look like?

        Science =
        knowledge about or study of the natural world based on facts learned
        through experiments and observation

        God = the perfect
        and all-powerful spirit or being that is worshipped especially by Christians,
        Jews, and Muslims as the one who created and rules the universe

        a spirit or being that has great power, strength,
        knowledge, etc., and that can affect nature and the lives of people

        : one of various
        spirits or beings worshipped in some religions

        Science and god are incompatible.

        The present world is a god-believer scienceless world,
        conducted by ruthlessly competing-for- energy interests , with consequent
        catastrophes to humanity…

        Dov Henis (comments from 22nd century)

        http://universe-life.com/

        http://universe-life.com/2013/09/30/science-adjust-vision-concepts-beyond-aaas-trade-union-religion/

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