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Critical thinking suppressed in brains of people who believe in the supernatural

Critical thinking suppressed in brains of people who believe in the supernatural

The opposition between religious beliefs and scientific evidence can be explained by difference in brain structures and cognitive activity. Scientists have found critical thinking is suppressed in the brains of people who believe in the supernatural. Published in PLOS One, their study examines how the parts of the brain responsible for empathy and analytical reasoning […]

We’re living through the “most peaceful era” in human history — with one big exception

We’re living through the “most peaceful era” in human history — with one big exception

Studies demonstrate the world is becoming less violent, and that human warfare is on the decline. There is one aspect of the human existence, however, that continues to ignite humans to commit violence and atrocities against fellow humans. A major new study published by the Pew Research Center shows that religious hostilities reached a 6-year […]

Americans are growing more secular all the time — which is one reason why Trump voters are so angry

Americans are growing more secular all the time — which is one reason why Trump voters are so angry

Despite all the posturing by conservatives about how their movement represents “real” America and liberal political attitudes are restricted mainly to the “coastal elite,” new research from the Public Religion Research Institute suggests that, at least in political terms, most Americans are secular in their orientation. While many Americans may still hold conservative personal beliefs, when […]

Atheists Know More About the Bible Than Most American Christians

Atheists Know More About the Bible Than Most American Christians

Atheists and agnostics, Jews and Mormons are among the highest-scoring groups on a new survey of religious knowledge, outperforming evangelical Protestants, mainline Protestants and Catholics on questions about the core teachings, history and leading figures of major world religions. On average, Americans correctly answer 16 of the 32 religious knowledge questions on the survey by […]