“when faced with unknowns and ambiguities, our brains activate inborn information modules even when they don’t really apply. We take unfamiliar situations and even random data and perceive “simulacra,” meaning patterns that are inherent, not in the external world, but in our own minds. Furthermore, our pattern-recognition systems err on the side of being overactive rather than underactive.” John W. Loftus

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“As scientists learn more about how our brains work, certitude is coming to be seen as a vice rather than a virtue. Certainty is a confession of ignorance about our ability to be passionately mistaken.”

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 John W. Loftus. The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails (Kindle Locations 601-602). Kindle Edition.