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November 26, 2014

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9:37 PM | When you think about spirits, do you see ghosts?
Humans are finely honed for spotting intentional agents in our environment. Meaning that if you hear a rustling, or see a branch move, you’re instantly on the alert in case it is another person (this effect is has a name: ‘hyperactive agency detection’). You can see why evolution would have favoured that. Better safe than [Read More...]

van Elk, M., Rutjens, B., van der Pligt, J. & van Harreveld, F. (2014). Priming of supernatural agent concepts and agency detection, Religion, Brain & Behavior, 1-30. DOI: 10.1080/2153599X.2014.933444

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9:37 PM | When you think about spirits, do you see ghosts?
Humans are finely honed for spotting intentional agents in our environment. Meaning that if you hear a rustling, or see a branch move, you’re instantly on the alert in case it is another person (this effect is has a name: ‘hyperactive agency detection’). You can see why evolution would have favoured that. Better safe than [Read More...]

van Elk, M., Rutjens, B., van der Pligt, J. & van Harreveld, F. (2014). Priming of supernatural agent concepts and agency detection, Religion, Brain & Behavior, 1-30. DOI: 10.1080/2153599X.2014.933444

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November 25, 2014

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1:44 PM | No Activation without Reconciliation?
I am very pleased to announce that I received research funding for a project titled “No Activation without Reconciliation?”. This project will be my main focus in the whole of 2015. From the proposal: This research proposal seeks to complement the strong micro-econometric tradition in evaluating out- comes of active labour market programs (ALMP) with… Continue Reading

November 19, 2014

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8:43 PM | Religious and paranormal believers are high in empathy – but confused about how the world works
There’s a strand of thought that says that belief in the supernatural is founded upon a misunderstanding of how the world works (see: You either believe in it all, or you don’t). On the other hand, there’s another perspective that says the cognitive problem is with the atheists. Belief in gods, according to this school [Read More...]
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8:43 PM | Religious and paranormal believers are high in empathy – but confused about how the world works
There’s a strand of thought that says that belief in the supernatural is founded upon a misunderstanding of how the world works (see: You either believe in it all, or you don’t). On the other hand, there’s another perspective that says the cognitive problem is with the atheists. Belief in gods, according to this school [Read More...]

November 13, 2014

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10:28 PM | Hard times, tough gods
Almost all cultures have some kind of supernatural beliefs. But it may surprise you to know that belief in moralising supernatural beings, who care about whether mortals do good or bad, are far from universal. That’s fascinating, and it begs the question: “why?”. Why do some cultures bother to believe spirits who watch over us [Read More...]
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10:28 PM | Hard times, tough gods
Almost all cultures have some kind of supernatural beliefs. But it may surprise you to know that belief in moralising supernatural beings, who care about whether mortals do good or bad, are far from universal. That’s fascinating, and it begs the question: “why?”. Why do some cultures bother to believe spirits who watch over us [Read More...]

November 07, 2014

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9:50 PM | It hurts! Atheists and Christians don’t feel each others pain, but with a twist.
For many people, their religion is like a badge of social identity. You feel an affinity with people who share a religion – not surprising given that you will share many cultural and social touch points. But will you feel their pain? If shown a picture of a Christian grimacing, will you mentally flinch? What about [Read More...]
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9:50 PM | It hurts! Atheists and Christians don’t feel each others pain, but with a twist.
For many people, their religion is like a badge of social identity. You feel an affinity with people who share a religion – not surprising given that you will share many cultural and social touch points. But will you feel their pain? If shown a picture of a Christian grimacing, will you mentally flinch? What about [Read More...]

November 06, 2014

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7:07 PM | Best of Epiphenom 2007-2014
If you tune into Epiphenom via the rss feed, you may have missed this post that went up at the new home over at Patheos.If you did - then this links is specially for you!Best of Epiphenom 2007-2014Basically a short review of some of the most-read posts over this blogs long history.The rss feed should transfer automatically over the next few days. If it's still not working for you after that, well then you may have to sign onto the new feed. I'll put a final post up here when everything is […]
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9:36 AM | How to crumble cookies
Most of us know something about browser cookies, they’re variously useful, allowing us to login to a favourite website, but they can also be persistent and allow sites to track us across the web. Not everyone knows how to delete them and even less well known is the insidious Flash Player cookie that can also […]Related Posts:Sciencetext CookiesUltrasurf for private, secure browsingOccupy Flash5 reasons not to unsubscribe from spamKick out the trackersPost from: David Bradley's Dave […]

November 04, 2014

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10:33 AM | Epiphenom is moving to Patheos!
I'm excited to say that, after many lovely years here at Field of Science, Epiphenom is moving to a new home at Patheos: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/epiphenom/Patheos is a major site with many well-known religious and atheist blogs. Epiphenom should fit in nicely there, and hopefully bring a bit of scientific rigour to the discussions!Apparently all links and subscriptions should automatically be redirected, but you can always resubscribe at the new home if. I hope to see everyone there! I'd […]

November 03, 2014

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9:41 PM | Best of Epiphenom 2007-2014
Welcome to Epiphenom at its new home on Patheos! This blog has been running for seven years now, and over that time we’ve taken a look at a huge amount of cutting edge research into the psychology and sociology of religion and non-belief. If you’re new to this blog, maybe you want to get a quick [Read More...]
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9:41 PM | Best of Epiphenom 2007-2014
Welcome to Epiphenom at its new home on Patheos! This blog has been running for seven years now, and over that time we’ve taken a look at a huge amount of cutting edge research into the psychology and sociology of religion and non-belief. If you’re new to this blog, maybe you want to get a quick [Read More...]
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8:54 AM | Twitter bios I don’t get
I am always appreciative of new Twitter followers, seriously, it’s great to have new people to talk to (at?). But, there are a lot of bots, spammers and scammers that follow me on a daily basis. I try to filter them out and certainly never follow back. Oftentimes I am confusled by the bios of […]Related Posts:Another dose of bizarre twitter biosUnintelligible twitter biosWhy are you following me?The most useful twitter app…Good, bad, ugly twitter biosPost from: David […]

November 01, 2014

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7:48 PM | Los Angeles, Noviembre, 2019
Faltan sólo 5 años.Una aproximación personal a la película escribí en: El culto a Blade Runner a través de las eras.

October 31, 2014

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1:38 PM | Media Posts and Stories
Articles, interviews, blog posts, and other news items published in the lay media about the Principled Societies Project and the LEDDA Partnership are collected here. News releases issued by Principled Continue Reading → The post Media Posts and Stories appeared first on Principled Societies Project.
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