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Posted by on Feb 24, 2013 in Psychology, Religion | 9 comments

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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  • John W. Loftus

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

    • Caleb W. Lack

      I appreciate the compliment, John!

  • Jonathan MS Pearce

    Just tweeted this!

    • Caleb W. Lack

      Thanks for sharing, Jon!

  • Dangerous Talk

    Awesome videos!

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  • 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:

    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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  • Dov Henis

    More On Religion, Science and


    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…:

    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


    Decide Humanity: Scientism Or Natural Selection


    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

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


    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

    For A Scientism Culture


    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?

    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…



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


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


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


    learning from


    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

    Dov Henis

    (comments from 22nd


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


    • 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)

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