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.

Related Content:

Machine God: Artificial Superintelligence (podcast)

Chariots of the Gods (podcast)

Attention Schema Theory: Consciousness and God (podcast)