The evolution of religion-why humans are religious

August 2, 2009 at 3:24 am (Uncategorized)

From http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-oew-ayala-shermer31-2009jul31,0,2697593,print.story:

People believe in God because we are pattern-seeking primates. We connect A to B to C, and often A really is connected to B, and B really is connected to C. This is called association learning. But we do not have a false-pattern-detection device in our brains to help us discriminate between true and false patterns, and so we make errors in our thinking. A Type I error is believing a pattern is real when it is not (a false positive) and a Type II error is not believing a pattern is real when it is (a false negative).

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