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Is Belief in God a Cognitive Bias?
Season 4, Episode 3 • 12-Nov-2020
Could belief in God be a psychological fluke? A popular claim is that religious beliefs resulted from the brain’s tendency to interpret effects (like sudden noises) as being caused by intentional beings (like burglars). Let’s see how to answer this argument with the 7 Checks of Critical Thinking.
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The Confirmation Bias
It’s no secret that we humans tend to look for (and focus on) information which confirms our beliefs and expectations but pay less attention to information which contradicts them. This effect is so common there’s a name for it: the confirmation bias. Let’s see how this bias can affect the creatio...