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None of us are purely analytical or purely intuitive all the time. Instead, we use the type of thought that best enables communication and connection with the people around us, and perhaps also protects us from deception. Social density, and the religiosity that sometimes comes with it, fosters trust and a feeling of belonging, but many such groups are high-context cultures, impenetrable to outsiders. Meanwhile, more cosmopolitan societies and the analytical thinking and trade they invite have been a driver of much of our innovation. Is the artificial separation of the two unfairly leaving religion in the dust?

Sinai and Synapses Fellowship alumni Connor Wood and Jonathan Morgan have continued to have a fruitful collaboration long after their respective cycles of the program have ended. Now they 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, which will be published in parts throughout this week. Read the transcript for Part 2, “When To Be Intuitive, When To Be Analytical,” below.

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