When do our brains behave more like scientists, and when do they behave like lawyers? What’s the difference between a “fact” and an “opinion,” and how do we respond to those perceptions? For Professor Tania Lombrozo, religion — and the many different types of relationships people can have to it — provides a fascinating case study for human belief and the social structures that scaffold it. So many of our current ideological battles, especially in the turmoil of the United States, hinge upon how people react when their beliefs are refuted, and how belief in facts creates different realms of truth.
Tania Lombrozo, PhD. is a Professor of Psychology at Princeton University, as well as an Associate of the Department of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Harvard University in 2006. Dr. Lombrozo’s research aims to address foundational questions about cognition using the empirical tools of cognitive psychology and the conceptual tools of analytic philosophy. She blogs about psychology, philosophy, and cognitive science at Psychology Today.
Next week, January 19th, at 2 pm Eastern, we will speaking with Michael Shermer, Ph.D., Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, Presidential Fellow at Chapman University, and author of New York Times bestsellers Why People Believe Weird Things and Giving the Devil His Due: Reflections of a Scientific Humanist, among others.