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Is there a strong correlation of cognitive development and Religious thinking?

Considering the range of religious systems such as polytheism (ancient Greek, Hindu), monotheism, pantheism, non-theistic practice (Buddhist) and non-worship overall, and the range of cognitive ...
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Islam and participation in acts of political violence

This is currently a hot political topic, but what does the science say? I was thinking that a good experiment would take groups of people, and match them for alternate explanations: Age, gender, ...
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Environmental factors that predict theism

Are there any environmental factors which can predict atheism or theism?
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Effect of enactive cognition on gender

I'm doing a PhD in archaeology and assyriology (cuneiform writing; Sumerian language), exploring the process of gendering that deities underwent during the 3rd millennium BC. I'm looking into using ...
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Is there any objective proof of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs [duplicate]

Abraham Maslow posited a whole lot of things in the theory that is called Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. Among the things that he posited was the progression from more "basic needs" like physiological ...
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Are polytheistic society more peaceful than monotheistic ones? [closed]

News last day have brought some thoughts in my mind, if a religion is a good choice for peace and when yes which one. My conclusion was at this step, that maybe polytheistic religions are more ...
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Do people who lose their faith tend to replace it with other non-evidence-based reasoning?

I was watching this talk by Phil Plait given at TAM(The Amazing Meeting) 8. You can find a partial transcript here. It will help provide some context. In the talk he makes the following claim: ...
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Can scientific evidence support concepts of the soul?

In some spiritual premises, the soul is said to belong to the Almighty. Religions (Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism) all talk about cleansing our inner being because only when it's pure, its actual ...
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Looking for happines in marriage survey according to living/not living together before marriage

Do you know any research/survey results comparing how happy do people feel in marriage (after a few years) comparing marriages who lived together before marrying and living separately? There are ...
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To what extent does suppressing healthy behaviour that is inconsistent with external standards cause psychological difficulties?

Social pressure, family, peers and society as a whole can be a huge force in determining people's behavior and shaping the goals and ideals people strive for. There can be a great internal struggle ...
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Is there a psychological explanation for people being 'overcome by the Holy Spirit'?

I am a scientist by nature, and I don't believe at all in God or any form of spirituality or the Holy Spirit (of course). However, it does confuse me as to how some people genuinely do seem to be ...
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Is religiousness a genetically heritable feature?

I know that parent beliefs have very strong influence on child, but is it possible that genetic factor also play a role? I doubt that the content of any religion could be heritable through genes nor ...