The Neuroscience of Religious Extremism

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In academia, you often hear talk of “soft sciences” and “hard sciences”. Soft sciences, like the social sciences, generally deal with intangible things like human and animal thinking, emotion, and behavior. Whereas hard sciences focus on the workings of the natural world, like chemistry, biology and physics.

When it comes to the scientific study of the human mind and brain, psychology is a soft…



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