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.
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".