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People Who Make More Decisions With Gut Feelings More Likely To Believe In God

23 Sep
Didn't expect something like this in Yahoo! News:
Shenhav and his colleagues investigated that question in a series of studies. In the first, 882 American adults answered online surveys about their belief in God. Next, the participants took a three-question math test with questions such as, “A bat and a ball cost $1.10 in total. The bat costs $1 more than the ball. How much does the ball cost?”

The intuitive answer to that question is 10 cents, since most people's first impulse is to knock $1 off the total. But people who use “reflective” reasoning to question their first impulse are more likely to get the correct answer: 5 cents.

Sure enough, people who went with their intuition on the math test were found to be one-and-a-half times more likely to believe in God than those who got all the answers right. The results held even when taking factors such as education and income into account.

Makes sense, if you know about the unreliable feeling of certainty.
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Posted by on September 23, 2011 in cognitive science

 

One response to “People Who Make More Decisions With Gut Feelings More Likely To Believe In God

  1. Robert

    September 24, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    What does God have against thinkers? Is not the brain a product of his creation?

     
 
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