A new study conducted by researchers from Ohio University gives us an interesting insight about the difference between atheists and Christians in terms of behavior. Published in the Hournal of Experimental Social Psychology, the said study claims that atheists are a bit more generous towards Christians compared with the other way around.
Apparently, research participants played a version of the Dictator Game where they were asked to share monetary rewards with their partners – and this was the part where things took an interesting turn.
Atheists showed greater generosity towards Christians than the other way around.
The Dictator Game, of course, is an economic game designed “to question the standard economic assumption that individuals will act solely out of self-interest,” wrote DailyMail. Usually, the game is played by two individuals, although only one of them is given a quantity of money.
Now the study tells us that atheists “behaved impartially toward ingroup and outgroup partners,” even after being told about their partner’s religious beliefs. In comparison, Christians “consistently demonstrated an ingroup bias”.
Colleen Cowgill, lead author and PhD student, also pointed out that “the general population in America tends to stereotype atheists as being immoral and untrustworthy”.
Understandably, most atheists find this perceived idea to be somewhat “distressing”.
So yes, atheists are not as bad as people generally dismiss them to be.
As Cowgill further explained:
“My primary interest was in how atheists themselves respond to these negative stereotypes.
“We often see that negative stereotypes about a group can lead members of that group to behave in compensatory ways that ostensibly seek to disconfirm that stereotype, such as when American immigrants strive to emphasise their American identity when it is threatened.
“We found in multiple studies that our atheist participants behaved more fairly towards partners they believed were Christians than our Christians participants behaved towards partners they believed were atheists.”
Now watch this video report by The Young Turks:
Well what do you think about this topic, folks? Do you have any experiences that support or oppose the results of the Ohio University research? Feel free to share your thoughts with us by leaving your comments below.
Artist Creates Satirical Illustrations to Answer What’s Wrong in Today’s Society
These illustrations are downright brutal and honest.
For the common people, art is all about pleasing one’s eyes. But to those who have pledged their selves to it, art is all about the transfer of ideas and thoughts. For decades, Australian cartoonist Gerhard Haderer has been creating satirical illustrations that highlight reasons why today’s society is far from being perfect.
In fact, Haderer had faced the court thanks to one of his books titled, “The Life of Jesus.” It basically triggered violent reactions in Europe, particularly from the Catholic Church. The story surfaced sometime in 2005 when he was convicted in Greece for badmouthing the country’s religious community. He eventually received a six-month suspended sentence in absentia. A couple of months later, the initial verdict was corrected via an appeal resulting to Haderer’s acquittal.
Meet Gerhard Haderer, an artist known for creating satirical illustrations.
Artist Draws Massive Illustration Showing How Truly Deep the Ocean Is
It is interesting and terrifying at the same time.
It holds true that the Earth’s surface is 70 percent water, but people do not have any idea how truly deep and mysterious it is. In a recent report from National Ocean Service, around 95 percent of the world’s ocean remains unexplored. Humanity simply has no clue what lies beneath the surface.
Apparently, Randall Munroe of xkcd decided to create a comic titled “Lakes and Ocean.” He drew inspiration from the aforementioned mystery in hopes to give people a better understanding. It is combined with both facts and humorous details, as he wants to show how shallow our knowledge of the waters is.
This illustration by Randall Munroe only proves how shallow our knowledge about waters is.
40 Interesting Things You Didn’t Know About The Amish
There are still a lot of things to know about these “simple people.”
The Amish have been living in America for a very long time. Yet, many Americans still don’t know a lot of things about these “simple people.” What’s certain, though, is that the Amish’s way of living continues to fascinate those who are outside of their community.
That’s because the Amish shun the use of technology and refuse to be influenced by all things modern. That’s not the only interesting thing about this community. Here are 40 facts you didn’t know about the Amish that might surprise you.