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Hi everyone!
« on: October 28, 2016, 08:43:25 PM »
Hi all! 
I'm new here, just wanted to introduce myself.  I'm a grad student in psychology where I study religion and decision-making; sometimes I also study atheism.  Looking forward to reading and joining discussions!

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Re: Hi everyone!
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2016, 08:48:03 PM »
Hello, going to do your survey here as well?

Not that it concerns me since I'm a Brit!
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Re: Hi everyone!
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2016, 09:33:28 PM »
K... And what would your leanings be?

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Re: Hi everyone!
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2016, 11:41:57 PM »
Hello and welcome to HAF, atheist_researcher. So, are you studying how religion affects people's decisions? If so, that sounds like a field that could produce interesting results.

Anyway, here are some threads you might take a look at to familiarize yourself with this place:

Where did you get your username from?
10 Things About Yourself
Tell us A Bit About Where You're From
Photography
Non-religious pet peeves
Pets...what do you have?
How to tell your family you are an atheist
"Rules for Conducting a Discussion" by Dr. Mortimer J. Adler

. . . And of course, the Forum Rules.

I hope you enjoy your time reading and posting here!  :welcome:


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Re: Hi everyone!
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2016, 12:40:26 AM »
Hello Atheist-researcher. Welcome. We're all looking fwd to knowing you and hope you're wanting to be friends with us as well as seeing us as a useful, group of subjects. What's the current theory on how religion affects decision-making?
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Re: Hi everyone!
« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2016, 07:03:40 AM »
Welcome to HAF
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Re: Hi everyone!
« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2016, 08:18:14 AM »
Welcome, atheist researcher! :wave hi:

What kind of decisions do you study exactly? How is decision-making tied in with religion and/or atheism? Because to me being an atheist isn't exactly a conscious choice, and I'm assuming those on the other side of the spectrum feel the same way.

Looking forward to some interesting discussions!
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Re: Hi everyone!
« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2016, 09:48:03 AM »
Greetings, atheist_researcher! I hope you'll find some useful material here, and also that you have a bit of fun too.

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Re: Hi everyone!
« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2016, 04:20:58 PM »
I'm a grad student in psychology...

I'd like to offer my sincerest condolences for your current situation.  I spent way too much time as a health psych grad student.

Anyhow, welcome aboard, glad to have you here.

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Re: Hi everyone!
« Reply #9 on: October 31, 2016, 02:55:34 AM »
Hello, and thanks for a warm welcome! 
A couple quick answers to questions: 
-No I'm not going to post my survey here
-I'm not sure what you mean by "my leanings"
-Some general things about religion and decision making:
  I think it's a fascinating area and there is quite a bit of research on how highly religious people are less effective at logical reasoning,    higher IQs predict lower religiosity, and intuitive reasoning promotes religious belief.  I hope to continue to add to this kind of research by studying things like the standards of evidence that religious and non-religious people use, confirmation bias, and how religion and science interact. 
-Personally, I'm fascinated with problem solving, logical decision making, and how people search for information, like on the internet or in the news, and what are the qualities of 'convincing information.'  I think this is especially important when educating people about science in general, but also when sharing information about evolution, climate change, vaccinations, polls, etc.

Anyways, I did spend some time browsing different forums (yes I was looking for places to post a survey but I was also looking for forums to browse for fun).  I am enjoying life as a grad student but I don't have a lot of time for leisure. I have bookmarked this site, so I'll probably pop in and out from time to time.

I have to say, though, that the title "Happy atheist" and the intro page are a big draw for me, as I'm not too attracted to sites and forums that are very militant and focused on debating and arguing.

Anyways, thanks again for the welcome and cheers!

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Re: Hi everyone!
« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2016, 07:24:49 AM »
Ello old chum! Top for o' spot of a tea on the barley innet?
But, uh...well there it is.
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Re: Hi everyone!
« Reply #11 on: October 31, 2016, 08:27:09 AM »
Ello old chum! Top for o' spot of a tea on the barley innet?
Dick Van Dyke would be proud of you!  :grin:
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Re: Hi everyone!
« Reply #12 on: October 31, 2016, 08:29:06 AM »
@ atheist_researcher

Ah, so that is why you dropped out of The Thinking Atheist then? I agree there are some nasty types there, but every group has its goodies and baddies.  I would have thought that a true researcher could filter out the aggression to estimate the basic "belief" pattern below. The very violence of attitude itself is, surely, worthy of comparison of the similar violence of attitude on some theist forums? Thus one could possibly remove some of the common factors of human nature and expose more of the differences?

It surprises me that any student avoids debate and discussion, long time since I was a student but, barring the head bangers, debate and discussion are so often the food of thought, the trigger of new ideas.

With regards to your "leanings", we get a lot of theists posing as researchers or authors who are basically looking for a way to evangelize, or even simply troll.  Your use-name could mean "atheist-who-researches" or "one-who-researches-atheists". The latter is ambiguous.
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Re: Hi everyone!
« Reply #13 on: October 31, 2016, 09:18:29 AM »
Hello, and thanks for a warm welcome! 
-I'm not sure what you mean by "my leanings"
-Some general things about religion and decision making:
  I think it's a fascinating area and there is quite a bit of research on how highly religious people are less effective at logical reasoning,    higher IQs predict lower religiosity, and intuitive reasoning promotes religious belief. 

Well that's a bit sobering. It was logical thinking that eventually saved me but only when for various reasons I was away from Christian influence for a while. Religion is very repressive but you don't realise it at he time and that is where your social life and friends are.
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Re: Hi everyone!
« Reply #14 on: October 31, 2016, 09:22:51 AM »
Quote from: Essie May
Religion is very repressive but you don't realise it at he time and that is where your social life and friends are.

Yes, I think that's behind a lot of it.