Analytic thinking can decrease religious belief


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There's a very interesting study relating increased use of analytical thinking with a decrease in religious belief. From the article:

Researchers used problem-solving tasks and subtle experimental priming – including showing participants Rodin’s sculpture The Thinker or asking participants to complete questionnaires in hard-to-read fonts – to successfully produce “analytic” thinking. The researchers, who assessed participants’ belief levels using a variety of self-reported measures, found that religious belief decreased when participants engaged in analytic tasks, compared to participants who engaged in tasks that did not involve analytic thinking.

Relating the way in which we think about things with how we then think about other, unrelated areas is a pretty fascinating concept. Wittgenstein would be pleased.