A discussion of the cognitive science of religion with Paul Bloom. Co-sponsored with the Center of Theological Inquiry
“Most people believe in deities, immaterial souls, life after death, and the divine creation of humans and other animals. Research from developmental psychology (including the study of babies) and social psychology supports a minimalist theory of such beliefs, which is that they emerge from the same processes that give rise to beliefs in other domains, such as science and politics. Finally, although it is often argued that religious beliefs have great moral significance, there is little evidence in support of this view. Overall, religious beliefs just aren’t that special.”
Paul Bloom, Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology and Chair, Cognitive Science Program at Yale University is the author, most recently, of Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil.