Religion is inherently social. Its Latin root word religio means “connector,” but in everyday conversation, it can be difficult to disentangle the spiritual, historical, intellectual and societal sides of religion. Sinai and Synapses Fellowship alumni Connor Wood and Jonathan Morgan have been studying religion’s effect on thought styles – whether the analytical thinking style of the modern, Western cosmopolitan society has interfered with our ability to be intuitive, holistic and spiritual, or if the two can coexist in the same community, or even the same mind. They’ve come to believe that using analytical and intuitive styles in an unexpected contexts could have great benefits for both religion and science.

Now Connor and Jonathan have contributed a chapter to a new book, “The New Reflectionism in Cognitive Psychology: Why Reason Matters,” published by Routledge and edited by Gordon Pennycook. Rabbi Geoff Mitelman spoke with them in a 40-minute interview. You can watch the individual parts below, or go to this YouTube playlist for the full interview.

Part 1: Religion is Intuitive

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Part 2: When To Be Intuitive, When To Be Analytical

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Part 3: Can You Be Both Religious and Analytical?

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Part 4: The WEIRDness of Studying Thinking

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