We’ve written posts on our blog about cognitive biases — short cuts our brains take to be more efficient — but did you know scientists have documented just short of 200 different biases? You can take a look at them in this amazing graphic, or dive deeper by reading about them on wikipedia.
Nature titled their video summary of this research, “Less is More.” It is in this consideration of less and more that I find connections to Scripture. How often does God do more with less? Think of Jesus feeding thousands with just five loaves and two fish. Or how the church that today is a global movement of a couple billion persons began with twelve disciples.
science informs our prayers of confession. Whether it is our selfish nature that compels us to prioritize ourselves and our families, or the study of various neuroses, or understanding how our emotions get the best of us, science has a lot to say about sin.
Cognitive bias—a topic we have addressed previously—is a significant factor in racism. We are usually unaware of these biases and therefore they can be particularly pernicious. Read a summary of implicit bias here, including one study that gives insight into police shootings.
Can our senses be trusted? “Scientists are working to understand the nature of subjective experience and whether or not expectation or motivation might actually result in different representations of sensory information in our brains.”