Science Progressively Modifies Our Understanding of Agency

Do the increasing restrictions that the sciences' successes impose on agent explanations apply even to human agency?

Seeing the Sky as a Copernican

We are not naturally inclined to perceive the world in conformity with even our most familiar and well-learned scientific commitments.

Study Shows a Bias for Evidence of What We Want to Be True

New experimental findings suggest that we seek and stress corroborating evidence based on what we desire.

The Science of Religion for Everyone

Why insist that religion is immune from scientific study when cognitive and evolutionary theories have already made great strides in explaining a wide array of religious phenomena?

An Autistic Saint?

Modern understanding of autistic spectrum disorders may shed light on the eccentric behavior of the Hindu saint, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.

Famous Religion on the Brink of Extinction

It is difficult to transmit a religion for long, if all of its members abstain from sex.

Can People Overcome Their Implicit Biases?

Vice President-Elect Mike Pence probably underestimates the pervasiveness and the near inevitability of implicit bias.

The Impact of Devotional Practices on Religious Belief

Although purely devotional practices seem to reinforce explicit religious beliefs, they seem to have little effect on either implicit religious representations or their influence.

Why Theological Waywardness Is Inevitable

Natural penchants of mind, such as anthropomorphism, dispose people to think about gods in ways that often conflict with their religions' doctrines.

Is There a Replication Crisis in Experimental Psychology?

Recent worries about the failure to replicate the findings of important studies in experimental psychology may well be unfounded.

Some Facts about Facts

Humans have devised no better general approaches than those of science for adjudicating disputes about empirical facts.

New Attempts to Evangelize Skeptics and Atheists

Both the cognitive by-product theory of religious representations and theories of secularization offer pessimistic appraisals of these new evangelical measures.

An Open Religious Market

Religions in America must adapt to changing conditions in order to survive in a competitive marketplace.

Mentalizing, Ontological Confusions, and Religious Belief

New research findings from Finland suggest that facility with theory of mind may be less important for religious belief than most cognitive scientists of religion have assumed.

What's Wrong With Norway?

Conventional religious activities may be on the decline in secularized northern Europe, but many Norwegians appear to be enthralled with ghosts.

Why Is Commonsense Common?

Some commonsense is hard-won with experience, yet at the same time infants the world over seem to understand how some things in the world work.

Morally Indifferent Gods

Evidence from cultural anthropology and the history of religions belies the claim that religion and morality are intrinsically connected.

Do Babies Come Naturally Equipped with a Moral Compass?

Research on infants indicates that they are sensitive to others' distress, have an aversion to bad guys, and have a primordial sense of justice.

Un-Churched Chimps

Research on monkeys and chimpanzees suggests that moral sensibilities evolved long before religious sensibilities.

Moral Motivation and God's Rewards

What humans' moral intuitions suggest about the relative merits of religious versus secular accounts of moral motivation.

Iconoclastic Puritans

Why images of the gods are often targets of religious zealots and why religious zealots will never run out of images to target.

God Is Just a Natural Disaster Away

Reversing the effects of secularization in a moment

The Deflation of Science

They are not scientists -- what Bill Belichick and some of our legislators have in common.

He's Gonna Find Out Who's Naughty and Nice

Who is likely the more effective moral monitor -- a jolly St. Nick or a menacing Krampus?

Which Comes First -- Religion or Morality?

Research with capuchins suggests that moral sensibilities arose long before anything religious.

Moral Agency, Heightened Adversity, and Religious Belief

Inexplicable suffering aids the persistence of the gods.

Secularization, Religiosity, and Misery in America

Misery and religiosity seem to go together hand-in-hand.

Big Gods and Babies

Religions can often achieve cultural success by no more than encouraging their followers to reproduce.

Be Fruitful and Multiply

High Fertility in Tightly Knit Religious Groups and the Failure of Secularists to Replace Themselves

Shibboleths, Social Bonds, and Splinter Groups

Of primate grooming and religious in-fighting

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