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The Nature of Belief

Abstract : If religion is a special form of causal belief—immune to logic and evidence—about how things are in the world, then it is true that “science is basically in conflict with religion.” But if religion is primarily about what ought to be, including moral framing that convinces people to commit to others beyond the logic and evidence for advancing self-interest, then conflict is not inevitable. Understanding and manipulating causality, though key to science, is only one integral component of religion and other aspects of human brain development, knowledge, and belief that bind us to one another and the world.
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Scott Atran. The Nature of Belief. Science, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2007, 317, pp.456. ⟨ijn_00505174⟩



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