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Heuristics and the Counterintuitive in Science and Religion

Ryan D. Tweney

in Evolution Challenges

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199730421
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949557 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730421.003.0012
Heuristics and the Counterintuitive in Science and Religion

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Religious beliefs can have a complex effect on the ease or difficulty of learning about evolution, echoing the complex historical tension between religion and science. Recent research on the counterintuitive nature of religious concepts and on the complex epistemologies of science is reviewed, and the considerations applied to the understanding of the ‘evolution challenge’.

Keywords: counterintuitive ideas; evolution understanding; religious beliefs; religion vs science; epistemology

Chapter.  6770 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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