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Study: Religious children are less able to distinguish fantasy from reality
bbc ^ | july 29, 2014

Posted on 07/30/2014 9:33:51 AM PDT by lowbridge

According to new research from Boston University, young children with a religious background are less able to distinguish between fantasy and reality compared with their secular counterparts.

In two studies, 66 kindergarten-age children were presented with three types of stories - realistic, religious and fantastical. The researchers then queried the children on whether they thought the main character in the story was real or fictional.

While nearly all children found the figures in the realistic narratives to be real, secular and religious children were split on religious stories. Children with a religious upbringing tended to view the protagonists in religious stories as real, whereas children from non-religious households saw them as fictional.

Although this might be unsurprising, secular and religious children also differed in their interpretation of fantasy narratives where there was a supernatural or magical storyline.

"Secular children were more likely than religious children to judge the protagonist in such fantastical stories to be fictional," wrote the researchers.

"The results suggest that exposure to religious ideas has a powerful impact on children's differentiation between reality and fiction, not just for religious stories but also for fantastical stories."

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.com ...


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1 posted on 07/30/2014 9:33:51 AM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

Oh pulleeeeze........


2 posted on 07/30/2014 9:34:49 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: lowbridge

And who decides if the “real” stories are real?


3 posted on 07/30/2014 9:35:11 AM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: lowbridge

As far as I can tell, religious children can actually have fun, and a big imagination.


4 posted on 07/30/2014 9:36:48 AM PDT by Morpheus2009
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To: lowbridge
Study: Religious children are less able to distinguish fantasy from reality

Like global warming?

5 posted on 07/30/2014 9:37:12 AM PDT by dragonblustar ( Psalm 103, Psalm 37:7, Ephesians 6:12)
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To: lowbridge

I remember back in the 1920s-30s, a certain European government who conducted these kinds of studies on children of a religious persuasion. Eventually they ended up sending them to death camps.

Its the liberal way. Dehumanization ——> Annihilation.

Also, brought to you by the British Broadcast Communists who harbor pedophiles like Saville and Harris. What’s the bet the children in this study were molested?


6 posted on 07/30/2014 9:37:23 AM PDT by Viennacon (Barry Obama? No... Barack Hussein Soebarkah.)
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To: lowbridge

But of course, they see it as preferable to raise children as atheists, with no moral standards. Of course what do you expect.

Sarcasm


7 posted on 07/30/2014 9:38:21 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (s)
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To: lowbridge

‘”This study proves a benefit of religion, not a detriment, because research shows how imaginative and fictional thinking, fantasy play, aid in the cognitive development of children,” writes Eliyahu Federman in USA Today. “Raising children with fantastical religious tales is not bad after all.” [...]

‘”Those claiming that belief in religious stories harms children should be interpreting research and science correctly,” he says.

‘”Not only is there benefit in allowing children to think imaginatively without forcing them into the mindset of perceived reality, but according to at least one study, raising children with religion also increases self-esteem, lowers anxiety, risk of suicide, alcohol and drug abuse, and dangerous sexual behaviour.”

‘But other commentators found that the implications of the research should not be taken so seriously.

‘”Are we really going to say that kids who are taught to believe the Bible is true are somehow developmentally delayed because they’re more likely, at age 5 or 6, to believe fantastical things?” writes Jenny Erikson for the Stir.

‘”Flip side to this equation could be that secular kids are taught to lose their sense of wonder and imagination at an earlier age than their Bible-believing friends.”’


8 posted on 07/30/2014 9:38:49 AM PDT by ConservingFreedom (A goverrnment strong enough to impose your standards is strong enough to ban them.)
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To: lowbridge

This coming from a network who had one of the worst serial pedophiles in UK history on their payroll for YEARS......and turned a blind eye.


9 posted on 07/30/2014 9:38:55 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: All

“...Children with a religious upbringing tended to view the protagonists in religious stories as real...”

Well, duh......If they are religious, they BELIEVE in religion.
This has to be one of the most ridiculous “findings” I’ve ever heard...


10 posted on 07/30/2014 9:38:59 AM PDT by Boonie
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To: lowbridge
Religious children are less able to distinguish fantasy from reality.This is strongly juxtaposed to the fact that nonreligious adults are less able to distinguish fantasy from reality.
11 posted on 07/30/2014 9:39:48 AM PDT by D Rider
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To: lowbridge

Does this include ALL the religions? Or are ‘certain’ ones exempt?


12 posted on 07/30/2014 9:40:00 AM PDT by Mr. K (Palin/Cruz 2016)
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To: lowbridge

Alternate title: Religious kids more likely to be open-minded in considering possibilities.


13 posted on 07/30/2014 9:40:25 AM PDT by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: lowbridge

What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon. — G.K. Chesterton in Tremendous Trifles (1909)


14 posted on 07/30/2014 9:41:03 AM PDT by DarkSavant
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To: lowbridge

Shocking that the BBC would publish this considering that the number one baby name in England is Mohammad.


15 posted on 07/30/2014 9:41:20 AM PDT by YourAdHere (Barack is the wife.)
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To: Da Coyote

On the other hand, religious kids are very good at discerning good from evil.


16 posted on 07/30/2014 9:42:17 AM PDT by Eddie01 (Liberals lie about everything all the time.)
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To: lowbridge
Children with a religious upbringing tended to view the protagonists in religious stories as real …
If from the Bible, they are 100% real. Of course, the commies in Boston U treat all “religious” stories as the same.
17 posted on 07/30/2014 9:42:43 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: lowbridge; All

BBC continuing war on Religion (Islam, isn’t one)


18 posted on 07/30/2014 9:43:29 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a weapon...0'Mullah / "Rustler" Reid? d8-)
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To: YourAdHere

Oh, you know they don’t mean “Muslim” when they use the word “religious”, they mean “Christian”.


19 posted on 07/30/2014 9:43:30 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Olog-hai

Here’s a good question -

was “the good Samaritan” a real person?


20 posted on 07/30/2014 9:44:10 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: lowbridge

OMG. Do these people have any morals at all?


21 posted on 07/30/2014 9:45:21 AM PDT by Tolkien (Grace is the Essence of the Gospel; Gratitude is the Essence of Ethics.)
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To: lowbridge
Wow, this study sounds incredibly objective and rigorously scientific.
22 posted on 07/30/2014 9:47:58 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: lowbridge
In two studies, 66 kindergarten-age children ...
So, 66 five year old kids are PROOF that religion sucks. Who'd have guessed?
23 posted on 07/30/2014 9:48:36 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: MrB

Why is it a “good question”, especially when the story’s origin frames it in the context of a parable?

The Koran has Jesus speaking as an infant, turning clay doves into real doves, and calling tables filled with food out of heaven. The “good question” is to whether those stories are real or not.


24 posted on 07/30/2014 9:50:51 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: dragonblustar
Like global warming?

And like, two men can "have" a baby? And a man can "become" a woman?

Yeah, we live in a fantasy world alright. /sarc

25 posted on 07/30/2014 9:52:14 AM PDT by fwdude (The last time the GOP ran an "extremist," Reagan won 44 states.)
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To: wideawake

>> “Wow, this study sounds incredibly objective and rigorously scientific.” <<

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Have you not noticed that when the word “study” is used, it almost automatically excludes the use of scientific methods?
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26 posted on 07/30/2014 9:53:42 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: lowbridge; All

Just as we need to evaluate exact poll questions and how such question were asked with respect to being told how people responded to a poll, we need to evaluate exactly what children were presented with in this study get the complete picture as to why children responded the way that they did.


27 posted on 07/30/2014 9:54:58 AM PDT by Amendment10
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To: lowbridge

Ah the progressive agenda. Always present.


28 posted on 07/30/2014 9:58:13 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: lowbridge

Not an issue with Reformed Christians, where truth is what matters, and there are no unscriptural holidays such as Christmas or Easter.

Best to teach from day one the discernment of true from false.

You’ll not find many “fairy tales” taught as being true in the Reformed community.


29 posted on 07/30/2014 9:58:55 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: lowbridge
Religious children are less able to distinguish fantasy from reality

But still much better at it than totalitarian leftists and their enablers.

30 posted on 07/30/2014 10:00:23 AM PDT by Maceman
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To: lowbridge

Ha! Liberal adults have this problem. Even children can see through their nonsense.


31 posted on 07/30/2014 10:03:45 AM PDT by Politicalkiddo (Slavery, genocide, and imperialism aren't exclusively white institutions.)
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To: Viennacon
Dehumanization ——>Alienation ——>Annihilation.

There...fixed it for you. We are in between Dehumanization and Alienation. Once alienated, only personal firearms will stop us from Annihilation.

Thank God for our Founding Fathers!

32 posted on 07/30/2014 10:04:58 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (No realli, moose bytes can be quite nasti!!)
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To: lowbridge

That may be true to some marginal degree for children. But for adults, it is clear that liberals, who tend to be irreligious, are pathologically unable to differentiate fantasy from reality at all. Ergo, the insistence that barack obama is a great president, that his foreign policy is top-notch, and that the economy is on a boom cycle.


33 posted on 07/30/2014 10:08:53 AM PDT by IronJack
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To: lowbridge

Jesus says in Mark 9:42, “Whoever offends one of these little ones who believes in Me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck and he were cast into the sea.”,

The ungodly, who are spiritually blind, will be judged very harshly by God for attacking the faith of children.


34 posted on 07/30/2014 10:12:13 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: dragonblustar
Like global warming?

Like Soetoro's multiple names, SS numbers and birth certificates?

35 posted on 07/30/2014 10:12:17 AM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" means something different to 0bama.)
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To: lowbridge

Study: People who do studies are less able to distinguish fantasy from reality


36 posted on 07/30/2014 10:12:17 AM PDT by PistolPaknMama
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To: lowbridge
Children with a religious upbringing tended to view the protagonists in religious stories as real, whereas children from non-religious households saw them as fictional.

In other words, the BBC conflates all religious stories as fantasy. In their mind, no biblical character is or was real. There was no Moses, no David, no Abraham, or Solomon, etc. It's all just make-believe stories in the BBC's mind, like unicorns.

37 posted on 07/30/2014 10:26:41 AM PDT by Flick Lives ("I can't believe it's not Fascism!")
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To: lowbridge

Is this why the ISIS and the Taliban are winning?


38 posted on 07/30/2014 10:28:54 AM PDT by Theophilus (Be as prolific as you are pro-life.)
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To: lowbridge

I cannot believe the media runs articles about these stupid “studies” as if they are not baloney. 66 kids somehow represents everyone now?


39 posted on 07/30/2014 10:29:45 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: lowbridge
less able to distinguish fantasy from reality

Describes Democrat voters.

40 posted on 07/30/2014 10:36:53 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: lowbridge
Study: Religious children are less able to distinguish fantasy from reality.

There.
Fixed it.

Why do you suppose there is so much "global warming" indoctrination in the earliest government school grades?
Add relentless pro-sodomy indoctrination, as a free bonus.

41 posted on 07/30/2014 10:37:14 AM PDT by publius911 ( Politicians come and go... but the (union) bureaucracy lives and grows forever.)
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To: IronJack

“I believe silence will be met with silence”

Whether Obama said this to Net or not, this is what libs believe. “Adult” ones at that.


42 posted on 07/30/2014 10:38:42 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: lowbridge

Slow news day.


43 posted on 07/30/2014 10:39:41 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: lowbridge
Children with a religious upbringing tended to view the protagonists in religious stories as real

Which protagonists aren't/weren't real?

44 posted on 07/30/2014 10:44:00 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: lowbridge

#2 in this week’s attack on faith from academia... first was the Ohio State psycho class “quiz” that indicated atheists have higher IQs than those of faith.


45 posted on 07/30/2014 10:51:26 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If it doesn't include border security, it isn't "reform." It's called "amnesty.")
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To: lowbridge

Give a religious kid a copy of ACA, and he/she will tell you it’s fantasy within the first three pages.


46 posted on 07/30/2014 10:52:57 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad! Remember Mississippi!)
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To: lowbridge

Non religious children believe they know what is “real”?


47 posted on 07/30/2014 10:55:15 AM PDT by Ouchthatonehurt ("When you're going through hell, keep going." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

they see it as preferable to raise children as atheists,...”

As we read in a post yesterday, atheists have a higher IQ than Christians. So I guess all these highly intellectual conclusions would lead one to believe that everyone in my family is an ignorant Bible thumper and unable to distinguish reality from fantasy.

We’ll see about that in the hereafter!


48 posted on 07/30/2014 11:16:10 AM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: lowbridge

Yea right. You have to be totally detached from reality if you think this(creation) is all some big coincidence.


49 posted on 07/30/2014 11:19:30 AM PDT by stevio (God, guns, guts.)
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To: Boonie

Over the target.

Christian children are taught the Bible is the history of real people. Agnostic children are told the Bible is full of lies and fantasy. Which group is grounded in reality?

As to fantasy, a 5 yr old who believes in Santa Claus will grow to understand the value of principles and ideals. A child who is denied belief in ideals will become cynical and neurotic.

The research conclusions are precisely upside down. They say vastly more about the attitudes and values of the researchers than the children.


50 posted on 07/30/2014 11:23:51 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (This is a wake up call. Join the Sultan Knish ping list.)
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