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Mon Dec 24, 2012, 01:18 PM

Research team looking to prove controversial theory that religion was the ‘cornerstone to civilizati

VANCOUVER – Seven years ago, social psychologist Ara Norenzayan gathered 125 participants at the University of British Columbia, asked them to solve a word puzzle and then handed them $10 with instructions to share it with a stranger.

As expected, some participants kept the whole sum and some split it 50-50 — but the surprising thing was how easily their generosity could be moulded by the subtleties of the word puzzle.

Participants who completed a puzzle peppered with religious words, such as “spirit,” “God” or “prophet,” largely decided to split the cash. Participants with neutral word puzzles, meanwhile, barely shared at all.

http://life.nationalpost.com/2012/12/21/research-team-looking-to-prove-controversial-theory-that-religion-was-the-cornerstone-to-civilizations/

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Response to icymist (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 06:10 AM

1. sigh

 

That article is utter garbage.

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Response to tama (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 11:24 PM

2. Hmmm. What about it upset you?

I, for one, am not offended by it. I am curious about why you think it is 'utter garbage'.

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Response to icymist (Reply #2)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 11:56 PM

3. Too much

 

clearly wrong claims and assumptions in the field of study of religion, which I don't have energy and patience to correct. But I can name the source of those false assumptions: colonialist attitude towards "primitive" aka indigenous peoples aka "pagans".



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