The psychological need for understanding the world is joined by two other needs that underlie conspiracism—feeling safe, and belonging to social groups that affirm or encourage self-respect.
Rather than seeing God as decreeing disease, we’re better off recognizing how human beings affect the cosmos and, in turn, the divine.
How did supernatural beliefs allow societies to bond and spread?
Scientists and science communicators often believe that hearts and minds could be changed about complex scientific issues if only the public had access to more, and better, information. Yet evidence indicates that this is not the case.
Science demands proof for what it believes. But there is something that scientists believe without proof, and that cannot be proved: the central doctrine of science.
As a scientist, it takes years of training and failing, and occasionally succeeding, to become comfortable with knowing that some day you might be proven wrong. How different that looks through the lens of faith!
Einstein’s Judaism wasn’t “unified” — neither is ours.
Not only has science advanced by leaps and bounds since we were in college in the 70’s, but some of the things we learned as scientific “fact” are no longer “facts” at all.
Searching for a theory of everything is certainly important. But seeking a closer relationship with God beats it hands-down.
Jonathan Morgan and Connor Wood discuss their new research about religion, cognitive styles, and intuition.