Monday, September 04, 2006

God-Shaped Hole

The battle by scientists against "irrational" beliefs such as creationism is ultimately futile, a leading experimental psychologist said today.

The work of Bruce Hood, a professor at Bristol University, suggests that magical and supernatural beliefs are hardwired into our brains from birth, and that religions are therefore tapping into a powerful psychological force.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

The battle against "irrational" beliefs.

Don't you just love those scare-quotes?

I wonder what they think is a genuinely irrational belief?

Sam Tarran said...

I must say religion is a hard thing to get out of one's head. I suppose it's because, in the Christian case at least, it provides an 'alternative' to death, so to speak.

Mark T said...

like arguing against global warming?

Squander Two said...

Human beings are primates, and primates can't comprehend the idea of anything working without an alpha male at the top of it.