Religious belief is human nature, huge new study claims
May 12th, 2011
12:46 PM ET

Religious belief is human nature, huge new study claims

By Richard Allen Greene, CNN

London (CNN) - Religion comes naturally, even instinctively, to human beings, a massive new study of cultures all around the world suggests.

"We tend to see purpose in the world," Oxford University professor Roger Trigg said Thursday. "We see agency. We think that something is there even if you can't see it. ... All this tends to build up to a religious way of thinking."

Trigg is co-director of the three-year Oxford-based project, which incorporated more than 40 different studies by dozens of researchers looking at countries from China to Poland and the United States to Micronesia.


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Filed under: Culture & Science • United Kingdom

May 12th, 2011
12:15 PM ET

Money: Apps for all 7 deadly sins

CNNMoney takes a look at applications that represent the 7 deadly sins. The first sin they examine is pride.

You're so vain, you probably think this app is about you. Well, actually, it is. The $1.99 Everyday iPhone app prompts you to take photos of yourself once a day, documenting your visual history over time. Launched in March, the app presents a grid for you to align your features against to ensure that every picture is taken in the same position. Stitching together the snapshots, you can create a video montage of your face over time.

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Filed under: Belief • Sin • Technology

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