The Gods Must Be Counterintuitive


'The Vision of the Prophet Ezekiel' by Quentin Massys Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images

What’s the key to a lasting myth, a captivating religion or a sensational film pitch? Some cognitive scientists and anthropologists argue that the key is a minimally counterintuitive narrative: the right balance of the mundane with just a dash of the unreasonable and unexpected. Join Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick as they discuss the minimal counterintuitiveness effect.

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Topics in this Podcast: religion, myth, psychology