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Even atheists don’t like atheists

Even absolute atheists people tend to think of criminals unbelievers.


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Believers believe atheists are immoral people. It is clear that atheists are different, and if you compare impartially, the question is, who will overtake on a scale of morality, but the psychology of reasoning here is clear: as long as God is for the believer the source of the moral law, the person who believes in God, is not afraid of the law to break it.

However, oddly enough, a similar bias is in the thoughts themselves atheist, if the atheist to ask you about some terrible criminal, if he believed in God, the atheist will answer that, probably not. Will Jervey (Will M. Gervais) from the University of Kentucky and his colleagues from Finland, Australia, Hong Kong and a number of the countries surveyed more than 3,000 people around the world, offering them all the exact same fictional story: a man, tormented in his childhood of animals, has evolved over time into a serial killer that killed five people. Who could he be? The variants of answers suggested the following: he worked as a teacher or he worked as a teacher and was a believer; or else he worked as a teacher or he worked as a teacher and was an unbeliever. To answer had to choose one thing from one or the other of the pair.

Obviously, the most logically correct answer, and in that and in other case would be simply “teacher” – because in just a “teacher” less specificity; choosing a response, we are less likely to make mistakes than choosing the “teacher with faith in God,” “teacher with blue eyes” or “teacher allergic to nuts.”

However, as the authors work in the Nature of Human Behaviour, additional information about the religious preferences of the teacher-maniac suppressed logical thinking, and especially strong bias was in the case of an unbelieving teacher. If a pair of “teacher / believer teacher” in favor of the believer spoke 30%, but in the pair “teacher / unbeliever teacher” in favor of the unbeliever spoke for 58% – almost twice as much.

But the most curious thing was another. When the researchers tried to analyze how to solve the problem with the teacher, believers and atheists, the bias in favor of the unbelieving teachers of the maniac showed those and others. In the case of believers, we understand that this is not so surprising, but, for example, among atheists, only 38% felt the killer of a believer, and as much as 52% – an unbeliever. And even when themselves atheists tried to split on “more non-believers” and “unbelievers”, and among the most non-believers, whose faith in any deity is equal to zero, 61% still appreciated maniac as an unbeliever (on the other hand, 50% absolute atheists praised it as a believer).

The authors used other scenarios – for example, speech could go not about the killer and the seducer of minors, and even the priest. And anyway, in the eyes of respondents this depraved priest was an unbeliever.

Moreover, such a psychological bias occurred regardless of the country in which the survey was carried out: the dominant religion could be Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, or society can be almost completely secularized, all criminal psychological test were mainly unbelievers, and the atheists don’t like atheists. And this, of course, more proof of how big a role religion plays in our lives.

According to LiveScience.

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