Monday, January 15, 2007

Naturally Evolved Resistance to Evolution

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Categories : Evolution, Design Inferences, The New Atheists

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published: lundi 15 janvier 2007 21:33:01

There are apparently some very real psychological barriers to the "New Atheist" agenda of converting humanity to scientism (while 'eradicating' religious beliefs). Chris - a cognitive psychologist - blogs about this over at Mixing Memory: Thinking About Evolution [Cognitive Factors That Get in the Way]. The factors are:

I've presented three factors that make the job of biology teachers more difficult when they're trying to teach evolution, either to children or adults.

1. Intuitive theism, in which our intuitions lead us to make design inferences about complex kinds or under conditions of uncertainty; intuitions that can be reinforced culturally to an extent that it may be almost impossible to overcome them by the time we reach adulthood.

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