At the Atheist Alliance of America conference I gave a talk on the science of religious belief. I’ve given similar talks a few other times, but this is the first time it was actually recorded! In my talk I briefly cover some important areas within the sociology, psychology, and cognitive neuroscience of religiosity.
Here are some highlights:
- From a sociological perspective we can see how religion reduces uncertainty and how social identity can shape people’s beliefs (i.e. creationism)
- Adaptive psychological processes like theory of mind, agency detection, and Type 1 thinking help perpetuate religiosity
- There is no special god part of the brain, but we can see neurological differences in atheist vs. theist brains
As I say in the talk, this isn’t meant to be some sort of comprehensive lecture on the science of religion, but just a summary of cool research I’ve found while studying the subject. I hope you enjoy it!
Featured image is from Wikipedia. Video edited my Michael Cluff