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"There's Nothing Special about Religion" by Paul Bloom, Yale University

Story imageCo-sponsored with the Center of Theological Inquiry
A discussion of the cognitive science of religion:

"Most people believe in deities, immaterial souls, life after death, and the divine creation of humans and other animals. Research from developmental psychology (including the study of babies) and social psychology supports a minimalist theory of such beliefs, which is that they emerge from the same processes that give rise to beliefs in other domains, such as science and politics. Finally, although it is often argued that religious beliefs have great moral significance, there is little evidence in support of this view. Overall, religious beliefs just aren't that special."

Location: Friend Center Bowl 006

Date/Time: 09/26/13 at 4:30 pm - 09/26/13 at 6:00 pm

Paul Bloom, Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology and Chair, Cognitive Science Program at Yale University is the author, most recently, of Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil. He will be discussing his book at a symposium the morning of Sept. 26 at the Center of Theological Inquiry. For more information on attending the morning symposium, email   

Category: Public Lectures

Department: Co-sponsored events