John C. Wathey: The Illusion of God’s Presence
Science has only begun to make sense of religion’s powerful grip on the human mind. Why do seven percent of members of the National Academy of Sciences believe in a personal god who answers prayer?
The question is important because it probes the most irresistible essence of the appeal of religious and spiritual thinking.
Using evidence from visual illusions, behavioral biology, and neuroscience, John C. Wathey will offer an explanation for this and other puzzles of religion in terms of a cognitively impenetrable illusion, one that science has largely overlooked.
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