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  1. #14
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    Quote Originally Posted by thermophysics View Post
    Atheists and agnostics are more driven by compassion to help others than are highly religious people, a new study finds.

    "Overall, we find that for less religious people, the strength of their emotional connection to another person is critical to whether they will help that person or not," study co-author and University of California, Berkeley social psychologist Robb Willer said in a statement. "The more religious, on the other hand, may ground their generosity less in emotion, and more in other factors such as doctrine, a communal identity, or reputational concerns."

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/0...n_1468006.html
    From another study:

    Whether the subject was intrinsically motivated by religion did predict helping behavior: those with intrinsic religious motivation (those who viewed religion as an end in itself rather than a means to an end) were 13 times more likely to help compared to a subject without intrinsic motivation (like those who viewed religion as a means to an end, motivated by social status or peer approval).

    "The source of intrinsic motivation arises from following religious tradition, which calls for altruism and self-sacrifice," writes author Michael Babula, a senior lecturer in quantitative techniques at the University of Greenwich.

    http://www.popsci.com/science/articl...ul-and-selfish
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  2. #15
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    Quote Originally Posted by Space Racer View Post
    From another study:

    Whether the subject was intrinsically motivated by religion did predict helping behavior: those with intrinsic religious motivation (those who viewed religion as an end in itself rather than a means to an end) were 13 times more likely to help compared to a subject without intrinsic motivation (like those who viewed religion as a means to an end, motivated by social status or peer approval).

    "The source of intrinsic motivation arises from following religious tradition, which calls for altruism and self-sacrifice," writes author Michael Babula, a senior lecturer in quantitative techniques at the University of Greenwich.

    http://www.popsci.com/science/articl...ul-and-selfish
    I find the good religious people I know are naturally driven to doing and being good - to being with others - with helping others. And they find being members of a religious group facilitates or gives a means to express, provides and outlet, for this natural desire.

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