The Religious Brain: A Default Setting?

For some time on my podcast Point of Inquiry, I’ve been doing occasional shows that explore what you might call the “innateness” of human religiosity–or in other words, why the way our brains are built can turn scientific thinking into a kind of also-ran.

In one program, for instance, I spoke with Emory University cognitive scientist Robert McCauley about his book Why Religion is Natural and Science is Not, which argues that our minds, from very early on, are geared towards certain tendencies that privilege religious belief over critical thinking.

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/your-brain-politics/201210/the-religious-brain-default-setting

Varbūt tas ir vienkāršāk: mūsu rīcību veido divējādas smadzenes – ar emocijām pildītās limbiskās un loģiski domājošais neokortekss. Tāds ir mūsu evolūcijas mantojums. Un katrā cilvēkā apkārtējā vide bērnībā un jaunībā izveido vairāk vai mazāk apzinātu, domātājiem un rakstniekiem gadsimtiem zināmu un pazīstamu balansu starp ‘prātu un jūtām’, un katram pieaugušam cilvēkam ir iespējams šo balansu veidot, pārbīdīt par labu jūtām vai argumentiem, un apzināti pārvaldīt. Piepildīt lielās vajadzības un dzīvot realitātē.

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Year 1935. Interests: Contemporary society problems, quality of life, happiness, understanding and changing ourselves - everything based on scientific evidence. Artificial Intelligence Foundation Latvia, http://www.artificialintelligence.lv Editor.
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