Critical thinking and religious belief, Part 2
Read more.If you aren't aware, a study published in the journal Science this week suggested that critical thinking slightly decreases religious belief, a suggestion I didn't take kindly to in my last post.
But if you didn't read that post, the gist is that analytical thinking, according to this study anyway, actually causes religious disbelief because it suppresses the intuitive processes that are at least partially responsible for religious belief. According to Neurobiologist Douglas Fields, "...the results illuminate how our two minds -- one analytical and the other intuitive -- compete in reaching a decision about what we believe."
It's a clever hypothesis, but I argued that the relationship between critical thinking and religious disbelief changes depending on who you ask. Here's another example.