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Old 27 Apr 2012, 05:40 PM   #359357 / #1
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Default Food for Thought: Analytic vs Intuitive Thinking

According to Science Daily News: Analytic Thinking Can Decrease Religious Belief, Study Shows. My initial intuition was that this conclusion made no sense. But the more I thought about it, the more it did.
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Ha, I knew someone was going to post a link to that one.
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What do you mean it made no sense? I'm a bit flumoxed to be honest.
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I assume that the authors achieved statistically significant results with respect to a change in "religious belief". Without knowing much about the details of the experiment, I would be curious to know whether the same experiment conducted exclusively on strong atheists would show them to exhibit an increase in religious belief. I'm just wondering whether "analytic thinking" could be a mental process that requires suspension of opposition to a conclusion. In that case, the experiment would show an opposite effect in atheists.
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The experiment seems to have involved "suggesting" an analytical mindset through subliminal cueing, then polling religious belief, resulting in a statistically insignificant correlation. Not exactly robust-sounding, but I'll reserve judgment til I have access to the paper itself.
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I assume that the authors achieved statistically significant results with respect to a change in "religious belief". Without knowing much about the details of the experiment, I would be curious to know whether the same experiment conducted exclusively on strong atheists would show them to exhibit an increase in religious belief. I'm just wondering whether "analytic thinking" could be a mental process that requires suspension of opposition to a conclusion. In that case, the experiment would show an opposite effect in atheists.
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Lemme chew for a minute.

But wouldn't suspension of opposition to a conclusion not be analytical thinking at all? Analysis by definition means you work with what's available. Induction and intuition are required when not enough data is available to make conclusions. Suspension of opposition in a decision tree is not analytic when you continue to use the unanswered input as an input.
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