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Cloud of dots or person walking in a snowstorm? Paranormal believers see people when they're not there.
Imagine yourself walking on your own through a dark forest. Each and every movement that you perceive will result in the feeling that another person or animal is present. From an evolutionary point of view, incorrectly assuming the presence of another agent while there is none (i.e. a false positive) is associated with only little costs, whereas the false belief that no other agent is present while in fact there is one (i.e. a false negative) can cost one’s life.I've lifted that from the […]
David Rosmarin and colleagues from Harvard Medical School wanted to know if psychiatric patients who believe in God have better treatment outcomes (Previously, Rosmarin found that religious Jews trained to put more trust in God also improved psychologically).So they studied 159 patients who were a day-treatment program at an academic psychiatric hospital, to see which ones got better. They were mostly (60%) suffering from major depression, athough 12% had bipolar disorder. The remainder had a […]
When you get anxious or emotionally aroused, you sweat. Not a lot, but enough to be detected using electrodes on the finger tips. And it turns out that if you take a bunch of atheists, and get them to dare god to do horrible things, they get sweaty. A team from the University of Finland got 16 atheists and 13 religious people to read aloud statements like "I dare God to make someone murder my parents cruelly" and "I dare God to make me die of cancer". Perhaps surprisingly, both atheists and […]
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