Why are we religious?

At the American Atheists National Convention here in Atlanta last weekend, we heard Dr. J. Anderson Thomson deliver a fascinating lecture on religion and the brain.  Don’t miss an opportunity to hear Dr. Thomson speak!

Meanwhile (and I’m sure it’s no coincidence that this was posted on Easter Sunday), Joshua Knobe of UNC-Chapel Hill speaks with Jesse Bering of Queens University Belfast about “Why We Are Religious” at Bloggingheads.tv  This conversation is part of a program called “Percontations” (i.e. “a question requiring more than a yes-no answer”), sponsored by the Templeton Foundation.  Templeton occasionally comes under criticism for mixing science and religion, so my shields go up whenever I hear about anything they’re behind.  In this case, the conversation seems not to be tainted by any particular ideology.

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