Fear and Persuasion: The 200 Year Old Case for Life Long Education

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For many, many generations families have routinely devoted an hour or two, and sometimes more, each week to attending church services and Sunday school classes to receive instruction on religious beliefs and its application to life in society.  According to a Pew Research, about 37% of adult Americans claim to attend church services at least once a week.  I’m going to question this practice and ask why people would devote such time and adherence to the maintenance and application of religious beliefs and not at least an equal amount of time and attention to the more dynamic body of empirical knowledge to be found in science and secular academics?  I raise this question in relationship to a consideration of how fear operates on cognitive decision-making […]