Analytic Thinking Can Decrease Religious Belief

Has Analytic thought Caused you to Disbelieve in religion?

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PostFri Apr 27, 2012 6:22 am » by Constabul


Analytic Thinking Can Decrease Religious Belief, Study Shows
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ScienceDaily (Apr. 26, 2012) — A new University of British Columbia study finds that analytic thinking can decrease religious belief, even in devout believers.

The study, which is published in the April 27 issue of Science, finds that thinking analytically increases disbelief among believers and skeptics alike, shedding important new light on the psychology of religious belief.

“Our goal was to explore the fundamental question of why people believe in a God to different degrees,” says lead author Will Gervais, a PhD student in UBC’s Dept. of Psychology. “A combination of complex factors influence matters of personal spirituality, and these new findings suggest that the cognitive system related to analytic thoughts is one factor that can influence disbelief.”

Researchers used problem-solving tasks and subtle experimental priming – including showing participants Rodin’s sculpture The Thinker or asking participants to complete questionnaires in hard-to-read fonts – to successfully produce “analytic” thinking. The researchers, who assessed participants’ belief levels using a variety of self-reported measures, found that religious belief decreased when participants engaged in analytic tasks, compared to participants who engaged in tasks that did not involve analytic thinking.

The findings, Gervais says, are based on a longstanding human psychology model of two distinct, but related cognitive systems to process information: an “intuitive” system that relies on mental shortcuts to yield fast and efficient responses, and a more “analytic” system that yields more deliberate, reasoned responses.

“Our study builds on previous research that links religious beliefs to ‘intuitive’ thinking,” says study co-author and Associate Prof. Ara Norenzayan, UBC Dept. of Psychology. “Our findings suggest that activating the ‘analytic’ cognitive system in the brain can undermine the ‘intuitive’ support for religious belief, at least temporarily.”

The study involved more than 650 participants in the U.S. and Canada. Gervais says future studies will explore whether the increase in religious disbelief is temporary or long-lasting, and how the findings apply to non-Western cultures.

Recent figures suggest that the majority of the world’s population believes in a God, however atheists and agnostics number in the hundreds of millions, says Norenzayan, a co-director of UBC’s Centre for Human Evolution, Cognition and Culture. Religious convictions are shaped by psychological and cultural factors and fluctuate across time and situations, he says.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/20 ... 143856.htm

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Or do you agree or disagree with the assessment of the article, in that intuition, is linked to religion or religious mechanisms involved with the human experience. If not where/what do you link it too?
And that Analytical thinking, does not seemingly involve intuition. (least by what the article purposes.) Is this the case, or do you think otherwise?
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PostFri Apr 27, 2012 8:44 am » by Elouina


Agreed! I have been saying this all along.

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PostFri Apr 27, 2012 9:15 am » by Evildweeb


I would not nor could I argue against anyone believing anything they want to believe in.

If you want to believe in the ultimate spaghetti monster, then go ahead.

If you want to believe in particle physics, then go ahead.

If you want to believe in smoke and mirrors, then go ahead.

If you want to believe in tiny genetic alterations, then go ahead.

The point is this - its not what you believe in - its about what you understand.

If you do not understand, then you are solely trapped into the whole believeable wizard of oz paradigm.

What you think you know is wrong, the man behind the curtain has been lying to you the entire time.

This isn't my fault, its yours.

Sorry, welcome to earth....................

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PostFri Apr 27, 2012 10:52 am » by Spock


It's understandable that analytical thinking would decrease religious thought. I like what you threw in at the end of the OP, that it can not account for intuition, and I think that "things of the spirit" are more in that realm.

When thinking concerning the possibility of a God, there are mechanisms in place, the "natural order" that God implemented which, in general, dictate circumstances. So to rationalize would, in essence, be putting circumstances into the understandable realm of cause and effect which is the natural order in which God drives the universe. Things outside the natural order are then considered bizarre, paranormal, a miracle, etc. And I don't think there is enough rationalizing to believe that nothing of the paranormal, miracle or bizarre realm has ever happened. Extreme coincidence is another example. Many times throughout people's path on this Earth, situations arise that are just too coincidental to be coincidence. These situations can be explained away by analytical thought, but the likelihood of the event, you know via intuition, is just not feasible.

Analytical thinking is a tool, just like faith is. Both can go way overboard in their assumptions, but both are equally as viable in a rational process.

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PostSat Apr 28, 2012 12:16 am » by Daemonfoe


Wow... They had to do a study to figure this out? That people who ride on blind faith tend to be more religious and people that stop and think tend to rely less on the subconscious thought process and live in a fact based reality?

Who would have thought?! Holy hell.

Kill yourself if you really want to know what's on the other side. Spending your whole life toiling over your blind faith and intuition is a waste of millions of years of evolution anyway, so just take that big step to answer the only question that you religious people seem to have.
The two choices we have are something starting from nothing, or something existing infinitely. These are both paradoxes. The existence of everything is therefore a paradox. -daemonfoe

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PostSat Apr 28, 2012 12:20 am » by Zer0


Analytic thinking turns you into an egotistical faggot who sits around naked stroking his chin all day...
Fuck that shit! Not everything is understood only with the brain.. although I wish it could...
But sometimes, you have to use your other body parts, like the heart, they are there for a reason...

DUMBASSS!!
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PostSat Apr 28, 2012 12:25 am » by Daemonfoe


Otoel wrote:Analytic thinking turns you into an egotistical faggot who sits around naked stroking his chin all day...
Fuck that shit! Not everything is understood only with the brain.. although I wish it could...
But sometimes, you have to use your other body parts, like the heart, they are there for a reason...

DUMBASSS!!


How ironic.

You're trying to debate against analytic thinking. Do you even understand even slightly how totally cosmically ironic that is?
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PostSat Apr 28, 2012 12:26 am » by The57ironman


Otoel wrote:
sometimes, you have to use your other body parts, like the heart, they are there for a reason...




yup......... :flop:
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PostSat Apr 28, 2012 12:31 am » by Zer0


Daemonfoe wrote:
Otoel wrote:Analytic thinking turns you into an egotistical faggot who sits around naked stroking his chin all day...
Fuck that shit! Not everything is understood only with the brain.. although I wish it could...
But sometimes, you have to use your other body parts, like the heart, they are there for a reason...

DUMBASSS!!


How ironic.

You're trying to debate against analytic thinking. Do you even understand even slightly how totally cosmically ironic that is?


Do you even know what irony is? You should look it up.

You humans can analyze things all day long, but there are some inherent truths.
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PostSat Apr 28, 2012 12:34 am » by Daemonfoe


Do you even know what debate is? It's discussion of FACTS. Things that can be proven by ANALYZING them. ..

God damn. This forum is still full of tools. Fuck this place. Fuck you all.
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