Psych paper on why IDer's diss Evolution
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19-09-2011, 10:38 AM (This post was last modified: 19-09-2011 12:45 PM by ghostexorcist.)
Psych paper on why IDer's diss Evolution
I searched the forum and didn't see that anyone posted this before. This a is a psych paper on how the fear of death molds religious people's negative views on evolution. Here is the title and abstract:

Quote:Death and Science: The Existential Underpinnings of Belief in Intelligent Design and Discomfort with Evolution

The present research examined the psychological motives underlying widespread support for intelligent design theory (IDT), a purportedly scientific theory that lacks any scientific evidence; and antagonism toward evolutionary theory (ET), a theory supported by a large body of scientific evidence. We tested whether these attitudes are influenced by IDT's provision of an explanation of life's origins that better addresses existential concerns than ET. In four studies, existential threat (induced via reminders of participants' own mortality) increased acceptance of IDT and/or rejection of ET, regardless of participants' religion, religiosity, educational background, or preexisting attitude toward evolution. Effects were reversed by teaching participants that naturalism can be a source of existential meaning (Study 4), and among natural-science students for whom ET may already provide existential meaning (Study 5). These reversals suggest that the effect of heightened mortality awareness on attitudes toward ET and IDT is due to a desire to find greater meaning and purpose in science when existential threats are activated.

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http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Ado...ne.0017349
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19-09-2011, 01:50 PM
RE: Psych paper on why IDer's diss Evolution
I don't think you need a psych degree to figure out people are afraid of dying and the idea of an eternal, happy afterlife has mass appeal.

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12-10-2011, 07:20 PM
RE: Psych paper on why IDer's diss Evolution
(19-09-2011 01:50 PM)BnW Wrote:  I don't think you need a psych degree to figure out people are afraid of dying and the idea of an eternal, happy afterlife has mass appeal.

No doubt Theism is easier to sell than Atheism and the numbers prove it.
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