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The Naturalness of Weird Beliefs.

By Stuart Wilson

Abstract

Everyone knows that religious ideas are pervasive and robust, but what is it about our minds that make them so attractive? Even when traditional religious concepts have been rejected, many people are still drawn to the notion that there may be ‘meaning’ and ‘purpose’ to existence and find it odd if others don’t share these beliefs. Are we hardwired to believe in weird things? Recent theoretical and empirical work has started to inform us that such beliefs may be a natural feature of our evolved minds, making belief the default and scepticism a cognitive effort

Publisher: British Psychological Society
Year: 2010
OAI identifier: oai:eresearch.qmu.ac.uk:1755
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