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Offline Alzael

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Believer Estimates of Gods Beliefs are More Egocentric
« on: May 07, 2012, 04:34:37 PM »

Essentially the scientific study to prove whether SPAG really exists. Apparently the answer is yes.

"People often reason egocentrically about others' beliefs, using their own beliefs as an inductive guide. Correlational, experimental, and neuroimaging evidence suggests that people may be even more egocentric when reasoning about a religious agent's beliefs (e.g., God). In both nationally representative and more local samples, people's own beliefs on important social and ethical issues were consistently correlated more strongly with estimates of God's beliefs than with estimates of other people's beliefs (Studies 1–4). Manipulating people's beliefs similarly influenced estimates of God's beliefs but did not as consistently influence estimates of other people's beliefs (Studies 5 and 6). A final neuroimaging study demonstrated a clear convergence in neural activity when reasoning about one's own beliefs and God's beliefs, but clear divergences when reasoning about another person's beliefs (Study 7). In particular, reasoning about God's beliefs activated areas associated with self-referential thinking more so than did reasoning about another person's beliefs. Believers commonly use inferences about God's beliefs as a moral compass, but that compass appears especially dependent on one's own existing beliefs."

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Re: Believer Estimates of Gods Beliefs are More Egocentric
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2012, 01:07:23 PM »
most interesting.  the conclusions seems to bear much anecdotal information out
This research suggests that, unlike an actual compass, inferences about God's beliefs may instead point people further in whatever direction they are already facing.
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Re: Believer Estimates of Gods Beliefs are More Egocentric
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2012, 10:56:35 PM »
There are several other links contained within the referenced link. Some of them had religion as a dominant theme. These studies are being done either by or under the auspices of the NIH and the NAS. We must not let the tea partiers know about the activities of these government satellites. The fundies would mess their britches, and Grover Norquist will have all the conservatives making destructive vows.