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Subject: Dr Miguel Farias on Faith in Science @ Goldsmiths, tomorrow
Date: March 5th 2012
The next speaker in the APRU Invited Speaker Series is Dr Miguel Farias (University of Oxford) and the title of his talk is "Faith in Science? The Psychological Functions of Believing in Science". The talk will take place at 6:10 pm tomorrow (details below). As always, the talk is free, open to the public and there is no need to book. For further information, contact Robert Brotherton (email: ...@gold.ac.uk">r.br...@gold.ac.uk) or visit http://www.gold.ac.uk/apru/speakers/
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Who: Dr Miguel Farias (University of Oxford)
When: 6:10 pm, 6 March 2012
Where: Room LG01, New Academic Building, Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London SE14 6NW (for directions, maps, etc.: www.goldsmiths.ac.uk)
Title: Faith in Science? The Psychological Functions of Believing in Science
While running studies with religious/spiritual participants, Dr Farias often used atheists as a control group. In time, the thought of assessing what these people believed in emerged. Using a large set of questions on naturalistic ideas, he developed a scale of belief in science which has been used in lab and field experiments. In his talk he will describe these studies and discuss their astonishing results, which suggest that religious faith’s ability of alleviating stress and existential anxiety is closely mirrored by belief in science.
Miguel Farias is a departmental lecturer at the University of Oxford. He specialises in the psychology of beliefs, including spiritual and secular.
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