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The Light and Dark Side of Confidence. Liars and Deceivers. Why Fear Is Fun. Resisting Temptation. The Sting of Success. I Love My iPhone. Why Daydreamers Are More Creative. In 1966, my mentor and colleague, Jerome L. Singer , published his seminal book, " Daydreaming: An Introduction to the Experimental Study of Inner Experience . " Since then, the scientific study of daydreaming has taken off. A key theme that has emerged is the striking continuity between nightdreaming and daydreaming and the ability of creative people to harness this continuity. Neuroscience has allowed us to take this research to new, creative heights that were unimaginable when Singer published his book in '66. When most of us fall asleep, the brain network that involves attention to the outside world (the working memory network consisting primarily of the lateral frontal and parietal cortices) deactivates and our default brain network (medial prefrontal and posterior cingulate cortices) takes over.

When most of us awaken, our working memory brain network re-engages, and our default brain network recedes into the background. But that's most people. How is this conducive to creativity? What's a Shy, Geeky, Nice Guy to Do? The Case of Rebecca Watson. " " -- Ke$ha {*style:<i> The Datum </i>*}: Skepchick Rebecca Watson gave a talk in Ireland on being sexualized as a feminist skeptic. After the talk, she drank and chatted with her fellow conference attendees. It hits 4am and she announced she's tired and is heading to bed. She gets on the elevator, and a nervous, presumably geeky, socially awkward guy gets on with her. Rebecca declines the offer, and later, once she's returned to the safety of her home country, recounts the story in a vlog (a video blog) where she calmly advises guys " ", because: This sparks debate.

{*style:<i> </i>*}Whatever you think of Watson's original comment, or even her latest response to Dawkins , it's hard to disagree with her fundamental point: . . . . . (ELEVATOR, IRELAND, 4AM. RUPERT: Oh, hi Rebecca! WATSON: [Laughs] Yea, thanks for understanding . Why Atheism Will Replace Religion. Atheists are heavily concentrated in economically developed countries, particularly the social democracies of Europe (Barber, 2012).

Why Atheism Will Replace Religion

In underdeveloped countries, there are virtually no atheists . Atheism is thus a peculiarly modern phenomenon. Why do modern conditions produce atheism? First, as to the distribution of atheism in the world, a clear pattern can be discerned. In sub-Saharan Africa there is almost no atheism (Zuckerman, 2007). The question of why economically developed countries turn to atheism has been batted around by anthropologists for about eighty years.

Atheists are more likely to be college-educated people who live in cities and they are highly concentrated in the social democracies of Europe. It seems that people turn to religion as a salve for the difficulties and uncertainties of their lives. Even the psychological functions of religion face stiff competition today. The reasons that churches lose ground in developed countries can be summarized in market terms.