Found an interesting article on Yahoo! today called “Belief in God Boils Down to a Gut Feeling.”
They have an interesting premise. It seems like they’re saying that analytical people, or those who are more reasonable, are less likely to believe in God/deity. Which I find kind of funny. I’m a highly analytical person, myself, and very reasonable, yet I believe in deity. How would I fit into this analysis they have going?
Sure enough, people who went with their intuition on the math test were found to be one-and-a-half times more likely to believe in God than those who got all the answers right. The results held even when taking factors such as education and income into account.
In a second study, 373 participants were told to write a paragraph about either successfully using their intuition or successfully reasoning their way to an answer. Those who wrote about the intuitive experience were more likely to say they were convinced of God’s existence after the experiment, suggesting that triggering intuitive thinking boosts belief.
They basically boil this down to how you answer a math question. So apparently they can predict whether I’m more likely to believe in God/deity based on how I answer a simple math problem. Unfortunately, while I don’t particularly care for the tone of the article, I seem to have proven their theory with my answer.
I can see how intuition would link with belief, as long as you’re somewhat in tune with that intuition. But I find it a little hard to believe that a belief in God/deity is dependent on whether you are more intuitive. There are some people I know who are not very intuitive at all (I say “not very” because everyone has intuition, it’s just that some people are more tuned in than others) yet still believe in a deity of some kind. So I can’t make that leap that they’re trying to prove in this study, that belief in God boils down to a gut feeling or intuition.
What do you all think, my lovely readers?