Sorry for this late and incomplete posting, friends. I just couldn’t find a science and faith article that sparked my interest, and I just couldn’t find the mental energy to dig in to something. This article from Scientific American will have to do. The authors examine why people seem to turn to other belief mechanisms especially when the facts don’t seem to be on their side. The article says:
So after examining the power of untestable beliefs, what have we learned about dealing with human psychology? We have learned that bias is a disease and to fight it we need a healthy treatment of facts and education. We find that when facts are injected into the conversation, the symptoms of bias become less severe. But, unfortunately, we have also learned that facts can only do so much. To avoid coming to undesirable conclusions, people can fly from the facts and use other tools in their deep, belief-protecting toolbox.
With the disease of bias, then, societal immunity is better achieved when people are encouraged to accept ambiguity, engage in critical thinking and reject strict ideology. This society is something the Common Core State Standards for education and at times The Daily Show are at least in theory helping to create. We will never eradicate bias—not from others, not from ourselves, not from society. But we can become more free of ideology and less free of facts.
Read the article and let’s discuss. The authors adopt a positive viewpoint in conclusion, but, given the events of this year so far, can we really “become more free of ideology and less free of facts”? For the sake of my grandchildren and great-grandchildren, I fervently hope so.