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'Spiritual' young people more likely to commit crimes than 'religious' ones

29/01/2014 10:45
oung adults who deem themselves “spiritual but not religious” are more likely to commit property crimes — and to a lesser extent, violent ones — than those who identify themselves as either “religious and spiritual” or “religious but not spiritual,” according to researchers. [Read more] ...  

Belief in hell, according to international data, is associated with reduced crime

29/01/2014 10:44
Religions are thought to serve as bulwarks against unethical behaviors. However, when it comes to predicting criminal behavior, the specific religious beliefs one holds is the determining factor, says a psychologist. [Read more] ...  

Repetitious, time-intensive magical rituals considered more effective, study shows

29/01/2014 10:42
A new psychology study shows the reasons why people find logic in magical rituals. The findings provide new insight into cognitive reasoning processes -- and how people intuitively make sense out of the unknown. Even in this modern age of science, people are likely to find logic in supernatural...

People merge supernatural and scientific beliefs when reasoning with the unknown, study shows

29/01/2014 10:41
A new psychology study finds adults are more likely than children to find supernatural explanations for existential questions. Reliance on supernatural explanations for major life events, such as death and illness, often increases rather than declines with age, according to a new psychology study...

Experiencing awe increases belief in supernatural

29/01/2014 10:39
Awe-inspiring moments -- like the sight of the Grand Canyon or the aurora borealis -- might increase our tendency to believe in God and the supernatural, according to new research. The new findings -- published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science --...

'Supernatural experiences' trigger religious donations

29/01/2014 10:37
People who have had what they believe to be supernatural experiences are more likely to be "religious givers," with their behavior based on cost-benefit principles that apply in other transactions -- whether they be through a major online store or an auto repair shop, according to a new study....

Americans and religion increasingly parting ways

29/01/2014 10:35
Religious affiliation in the United States is at its lowest point since it began to be tracked in the 1930s, according to analysis of newly released survey data. Last year, one in five Americans claimed they had no religious preference, more than double the number reported in 1990. [Read more]...

Science and religion do mix? Only 15 percent of scientists at major research universities see religion and science always in conflict

29/01/2014 10:34
Throughout history, science and religion have appeared as being in perpetual conflict, but a new study suggests that only a minority of scientists at major research universities see religion and science as requiring distinct boundaries. [Read more] ...  

'Many of the truths that we cling to depend on our point of view': Jediism and other religious movements

29/01/2014 10:32
According to Obi-Wan Kenobi (Star Wars: Episode VI -- Return of the Jedi- 1983), 'truth' is simply a state of mind. With this in mind, is religion of any sort meaningless unless it has some personal resonance? Can religions therefore be based on fictional constructs? [Read more] ...  

Evidence of biological basis for religion in human evolution

29/01/2014 10:30
In studying the differences in brain interactions between religious and non-religious subjects, researchers conclude there must be a biological basis for the evolution of religion in human societies. An Auburn University researcher teamed up with the National Institutes of Health to study how brain...
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