Ontological confusions predict religious belief

Cognition. 2015 Jan;134:63-76. doi: 10.1016/j.cognition.2014.09.008. Epub 2014 Oct 17. Ontological confusions but not mentalizing abilities predict religious belief, paranormal belief, and belief in supernatural purpose. Lindeman M1, Svedholm-Häkkinen AM2, Lipsanen J3. Author information Abstract The current research tested the hypothesis that the abilities for understanding other people’s minds give rise to the cognitive biases that […]

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Deism

Deism (/ˈdiː.ɪzəm/[1][2] or /ˈdeɪ.ɪzəm/), derived from the Latin word “Deus” meaning “God“, is a theological/philosophical position that combines the rejection of revelation and authority as a source of religious knowledge with the conclusion that reason andobservation of the natural world are sufficient to determine the existence of a single creator of the universe.[3][4][5][6][7] Deism gained […]

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Statistics is a veal pie

there are no facts, only interpretations Statistics is the study of the collection, organization, analysis, and interpretation of data.[1][2] It deals with all aspects of this, including the planning of data collection in terms of the design of surveys and experiments.[1] A statistician is someone who is particularly well versed in the ways of thinking […]

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The morality of evolution

The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex is a book on evolutionary theory by English naturalist Charles Darwin, first published in 1871. It was Darwin’s second book on evolutionary theory, following his 1859 work, On the Origin of Species, in which he explored the concept of natural selection. In The Descent of Man, Darwin applies evolutionary theory to human evolution, and […]

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John Locke

John Locke FRS (pron.: /ˈlɒk/; 29 August 1632 – 28 October 1704), widely known as the Father of Classical Liberalism,[2][3][4] was an English philosopher and physician regarded as one of the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers. Considered one of the first of the British empiricists, following the tradition of Francis Bacon, he is equally important to social contract theory. His work had a great impact upon the development […]

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history of the universe

Uploaded on Apr 11, 2011 Backed by stunning illustrations, David Christian narrates a complete history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the Internet, in a riveting 18 minutes. This is “Big History”: an enlightening, wide-angle look at complexity, life and humanity, set against our slim share of the cosmic timeline. Advertisements

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Scriptorium

Scriptorium From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Miniature of Vincent of Beauvais writing in a manuscript of the Speculum Historiale in French, Bruges, c. 1478-1480, British Library Royal 14 E. i, vol. 1, f. 3, probably representing the library of the Dukes of Burgundy rather than a normal situation. This late 15th-century miniature of Jean Miélot […]

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