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Teleological explanations, creationism, and conspiracy theories

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    PLC1 Moderator Staff Member

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    There's a Psychological Link Between Conspiracy Theories And Creationism




    Interesting read, not too long, and makes some good points.
     
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    Michael Shermer wrote book and article similar to that subject. He defined patternicity. It the tendency to find patterns in nature and is a natural survival trait in man. Along with the tendency to attempt to see patterns, he calls the tendency to give meaning to patterns "agency". Sometimes it is essential for survival in a jungle, and sometimes it leads to false patterns and agency, such as religious explanations of phenomena that are not yet understood.

    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/patternicity-finding-meaningful-patterns/ (Dec, 2008)
     
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