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  1. #1 Review on "Divine Intuition: Cognitive Style Influences Belief in God" 
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    Questionably, researchers believe they have demonstrated that belief in God can be explained as a function of intuitive thinking. The study, "Divine Intuition: Cognitive Style Influences Belief in God," was recently reported in a distorted manner under the Yahoo news title "Belief in God Boils Down to a Gut Feeling." A review was done on the study, "Divine Intuition: Cognitive Style Influences Belief in God," and you can find both the review and a link to the original journal article here: The Scientism Times: Divine Intuition: Cognitive Style Influences BELIEF in God?

    If you're interested in research methods or psychology of faith you might find this interesting.


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    After sixty and some odd years of dealing with God, I can assure one and all belief in God is not merely a '...Gut Feeling...'

    I'll have to look over the article noted. Since the conclusion - at least the conclusion implied herein - is screamingly wrong, I'd like to see how they came to the conclusion.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Archie View Post
    After sixty and some odd years of dealing with God, I can assure one and all belief in God is not merely a '...Gut Feeling...'

    I'll have to look over the article noted. Since the conclusion - at least the conclusion implied herein - is screamingly wrong, I'd like to see how they came to the conclusion.
    Given you haven't read the results....is your gut telling you it's screamingly wrong. :-)

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    This was rather fun from the paper These studies suggest a causal link between intuitive thinking and a belief in God, but the researchers acknowledged the opposite may also be true, that a belief in God may lead to intuitive thinking. Future research will help explore how cognitive styles are influenced by genes and environmental factors, such as upbringing and education,

    For those that read the actual paper, they'll note this is a study confirming an entire list of other studies with similar conclusions.
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    I think I cover why the researchers' inferences are skewed heavily only in the direction that they want it to be despite the presence of many assumptions. You can tell their main concern is to only convince the reader that intuitive thinking is responsible for belief in God (it's right there in the biased title). It's another one of those attempts (such as Michael Persinger's "god helmet") to try and demonstrate through the use of scientific methods that belief in God can be fully explained by tricks of the mind. You have to be willing to read through many details and consider the language being used, which I do in my review of this report here: The Scientism Times: Divine Intuition: Cognitive Style Influences BELIEF in God?
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    Lynx_Fox wrote:
    For those that read the actual paper, they'll note this is a study confirming an entire list of other studies with similar conclusions.
    --That's not quite true, at least not in your exaggerated format.

    If you are referring specifically to the focus of this study, which is specifically intuitive cognition and not the vague "cognition" in general or some other theory involving cognition, the "entire list of other studies" that confirms intuitive thinking as the cause for belief in God is rather thin and uncompelling. From the original article:

    "Research suggests that individuals with more intuitive cognitive styles are more likely to rely on heuristics (Frederick, 2005; Stanovich & West, 1998; Toplak, et al., in press)." --That's three studies that have nothing to do with intuition causing belief in God. This is research that pertains to a correlation between intuitive thinkers and the use of heuristics. The article continues:

    "Thus, individuals who are drawn to intuitive explanations may come to believe in God or strengthen their existing beliefs in God, because believing in God supports intuitive explanations of diverse phenomena (Inzlicht & Tullett, 2010; Preston & Epley, 2005, 2009)."--The research here does not "confirm" that intuition causes belief in God. The researchers are making an inference that isn't quite related to what they studied (i.e., they didn't study if the people who they say were relying on intuitive thinking who also reported there was a time they were convinced God exists also reliably explain "diverse phenomena" in the same manner). The article continues:

    "What’s more, the belief in God may give rise to a feedback cycle whereby satisfying explanatory appeals to God reinforce the intuitive cognitive style that originally favored the belief in God. We note that the foregoing theories are compatible with other theories that would explain variability in belief in God in cultural terms [my emphasis] (e.g., Gervais, et al., in press; Henrich, 2009)."--Did the research in question study a "feedback cycle" of any kind? No. It's sheer speculation.

    If you are referring to an "entire list of other studies with similar conclusions" regarding the hypothesis that intuitive thinking causes belief in God, and you are not referring to the general notion made increasingly popular by atheists that cognitive processes themselves are "additive" in such a way that it proves the existence of God is simply a trick of the mind, how is it that "this is a study confirming an entire list of other studies with similar conclusions?" Moreover, how much damning evidence is on this "entire list?"
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