Psychology of Belief Part 8: Need for Closure

Psychology of Belief Part 8: Need for Closure

Have you ever wondered why people are so prone to “God of the Gaps” thinking? Here’s how it works: Religious belief is highly correlated with need for cognitive closure. Need for closure is then highly correlated with a propensity for primacy. This means whenever a question comes up that begs for an answer, the natural tendency for such people is to latch on to whatever answer comes along first to fill in the ambiguity. Since “God did it” is such a classic answer to so many deep questions about the universe itself, many people cannot help but use this answer to fill in their questions. So what’s the solution? Unless you are an expert in whatever cosmic issue is being questioned, learn to feel happy with telling people “I don’t know, and neither do you.” Even this response can fill the need for closure, but now we’re at least being honest. We also leave ourselves much more open to learning the real answer when it is finally presented with honest, academic discipline. Primacy Effect: Closure (in psychology): Sources: Religiosity is correlated with a high need for closure, and a preference for order and predictability: Beyond dogmatism: the need for closure as related to religion: This video series was created and reuploaded with permission of AntiCitizenX. Check out his channel for more great videos! Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for “fair

22 Comments so far »

  1. lifeschild1 said,

    Wrote on May 7, 2012 @ 9:41 am

    Theistic illogical assessment and delusional belief stem from the fear of death and the need of an afterlife. A heavenly father is warranted to protect and guide the weak, frail and inept. This solipsistic belief that the cosmos was made with them in mind is an absurd connotation but a real one. The mass populations of the world have been brainwashed at birth in to thinking that a heavenly creator awaits them and is there to watch over them. Religion fills the needed void.

  2. BorgeruS1 said,

    Wrote on May 7, 2012 @ 9:51 am

    Neil Tyson on “why is there something rather than nothing?”

    which form questions
    may not be questions
    after all….^^

  3. deltaxcd said,

    Wrote on May 7, 2012 @ 9:56 am

    “Need for closure” should be renamed into “indifference”

    god is not an answer it is a way to tell I don’t want answer. I just accept as it is.

    even if god did it was valid hypothesis next question would be how he did that. if that does not follow it means there is no interest in knowledge at all.

  4. nazmibest said,

    Wrote on May 7, 2012 @ 10:28 am

    The Universe is complex NOW. It was once very simple. It was a dot, dimensionless, spaceless, timeless, & composed of the simplest matter with no forces (e.g. gravity, nuclear, magetic, friction etc) It then became more complex as time began, e.g. sub-atomic particles formed, then electrons,protons, neutrons etc. It evolved by natural processes. However a “God” is an infinitely complex being (all powerful/knowing/seeing/etc) i.e. a god doesn’t explain anything, just makes it more complicated :P

  5. Xsuprio said,

    Wrote on May 7, 2012 @ 11:26 am

    XD The last Sagan part.

  6. SippinonMickeys said,

    Wrote on May 7, 2012 @ 11:40 am

    It is true science hasn’t explained yet, in a definitive manner where we came from. The thing is it continues to test and push boundries with experiments that are showing us how life possibly started. It’s much more than religion can give. Science admits when it’s wrong and continues forward. Religion states it is perfection, cannot be wrong, and reality must bend to it. I can’t understand how people think ‘goddidit’ makes sense and science is false.

  7. SiftyFix said,

    Wrote on May 7, 2012 @ 11:51 am

    not just any cat – CEILING CAT. Ceiling cat is watching you.

  8. 123easyway said,

    Wrote on May 7, 2012 @ 12:07 pm

    Am I the only one still falling for the “riiiiight? WRONG!”

  9. shedininja001 said,

    Wrote on May 7, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

    How can I be sure I am not agreeing to you because of confermation basis?!! PANNIC.

  10. dewinthemorning said,

    Wrote on May 7, 2012 @ 1:49 pm

    Thank you for reviving old, but valuable videos!

  11. karlbuttler said,

    Wrote on May 7, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

    There is a cloud in front of the sun, i hope it will move?

  12. VekinHighwalker said,

    Wrote on May 7, 2012 @ 2:04 pm

    yeah..but as O’reilly the great metaphysician would say: “Tides…you can’t explain that!!!! :)

  13. 3dmoddeler said,

    Wrote on May 7, 2012 @ 2:16 pm

    42…. 8D

  14. sqlexp said,

    Wrote on May 7, 2012 @ 3:14 pm

    “Sentimental” is worse than “cool”.

  15. TheSamuraiGoomba said,

    Wrote on May 7, 2012 @ 3:15 pm

    The easiest question to “evolution claims something came from nothing” or “evolutionists believe in nothing” is to ask them to define “nothing.”

    As far as I know, there is no such thing in reality as “nothing.” It is a concept, not a part of reality. An empty room still contains “something,” and I’m pretty sure a black hole is something, too.

  16. neapals said,

    Wrote on May 7, 2012 @ 4:01 pm

    i don’t like the cut of carls jib -4

  17. neapals said,

    Wrote on May 7, 2012 @ 4:02 pm

    I KNEW IT….chuck norris created the universe, and quite possibly a cat. we can all stop looking now.

  18. mysterywhiteboy72 said,

    Wrote on May 7, 2012 @ 4:37 pm

    I made the mistake of thinking bdwilson1000 created this series by posting on AntiCitizenX’s channel wondering how his version got more views. >.< Quite the brain fart! Respect to bdwilson1000 for spreading this excellent series (as well as his original content), but do check out AntiCitizenX's channel too, if you enjoyed this video :)

  19. meowistforlife said,

    Wrote on May 7, 2012 @ 4:50 pm

    I am not the same as bob, but in reverse

  20. meowistforlife said,

    Wrote on May 7, 2012 @ 5:23 pm

    huzzah Hitchikers guide to the galaxy references.

  21. FiverBeyond said,

    Wrote on May 7, 2012 @ 5:57 pm

    Great stuff, bdwilson1000… keep this up!

  22. Evolvepast said,

    Wrote on May 7, 2012 @ 6:12 pm

    Thanks for making such a great video series.

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