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‘Even those who purposely reject religion intuitively see design in nature’

I’m still busy with grading and family life, but I took a look at my Twitter feed, and I saw this, FWIW:


My question to myself: Is my tendency toward belief like a cognitive bias? I’m not sure what evolutionary purpose would be served by a belief in an unseen being. I wonder, for example, do chimps and gorillas have some kind of assumption about an unseen Creator? And either way, what would the answer really mean?

Incidentally, I find this part of the study’s abstract easy to believe: “These results suggest that the tendency to view nature as designed is rooted in evolved cognitive biases as well as cultural socialization.” Especially the “cultural socialization” aspect. I’m still wondering if belief could be strictly and only a cognitive bias.

[Edited Nov. 15, 2017, 9:12 a.m.]