Woolly ruse incites irrationality

... that the way in which humans learn about the world around them leads them to be predisposed to these superstitions. Children have intuitive theories about how things work. One of these theories is that objects have an essence, or soul. "If you've got a theory, it's very difficult to modify, and no amount of counter evidence will change it. We tend to have a bias to pay attention to those instances which confirm our intuitions." ... "We are hard-wired to make sense of the world, and that includes both rational and irrational assumptions." This hard-wiring, which leads us to find an explanation for everything, may explain why superstitious beliefs and even religions develop.

2006-09-04

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