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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Darwinism and popular culture: "Brain glitches, not evidence, cause people to think there is design in life!"

Here's a classic in advocacy posing as research: "Humans may be primed to believe in creation"
(Ewen Callaway, New Scientist, 02 March 2009):

Religion might not be the only reason people buy into creationism and intelligent design, psychological experiments suggest.
No matter what their religious beliefs, college-educated adults frequently agree with purpose-seeking yet false explanations of natural phenomena - finches diversified in order to survive, for instance.

"The very fact of belief in purpose itself might lead you to favour intelligent design," says Deborah Kelemen, a psychologist at Boston University, who led the study

And her point is what, exactly? That belief in purpose is irrational? Why so?

It is a shame that such studies are funded, but I would imagine that funding will increase, not decrease, as materialism takes a nose dive, and its tenured profs need to rescue it.

Find out why there is an intelligent design controversy:

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