According to the renowned evolutionary psychologist Robin Dunbar, communities that formed around shared religious beliefs and practices, with stronger social bonding as a result, were more likely to survive and grow.
A few years ago, psychologists William Gervais and Ara Norenzayan published one of those eye-catching, headline-grabbing articles that can make an academic career. Specifically, they found that analytical thinking suppressed belief in God. This interesting effect held steady both for “trait” cognitive style (how analytically minded people are in their day-to-day lives) and for “state” cognitive style […]
What if happiness is not circumstantial but volitional? What if happiness is up to us?