Prediction. Opinion might be better.

Artificial Intelligence Shows Why Atheism Is Unpopular
Sigal Samuel
The Atlantic. Jul 23, 2018
https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/07/artificial-intelligence-religion-atheism/565076

… We were able to predict this in some cases up to three times more accurately than linear regression analysis

people tend to secularize when four factors are present: existential security (you have enough money and food), personal freedom (you’re free to choose whether to believe or not), pluralism (you have a welcoming attitude to diversity), and education (you’ve got some training in the sciences and humanities)

“It’s like, you go to the doctor, they give an opinion. It’s always an opinion, we never say a doctor’s prediction. Usually, we go with the doctor’s opinion because they’ve seen many cases like this, many humans who come in with the same thing.

It is social engineering.

related:
https://franzcalvo.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/terror-management-theory

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The Wolf of Gubbio

Saint Francis Taming the Wolf

Pope Francis’ Namesake Was Patron Saint Of Animals, Ecology
March 14, 2013
https://www.npr.org/2013/03/14/174342955/pope-francis-namesake-was-patron-saint-of-animals-ecology

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2013/03/19/174713672/for-pope-francis-a-simple-mass-and-a-call-to-protect-the-poor

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/07/11/536689074/pope-francis-announces-new-path-to-sainthood

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/05/13/528264150/pope-francis-announces-two-new-saints-on-100-year-anniversary-of-their-vision
the process of becoming a saint in the Catholic church is extensive.

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/09/23/442904748/watch-live-pope-francis-canonizes-first-hispanic-saint
the first saint to be canonized in the U.S.

https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2015/09/10/437598791/savior-or-villain-the-complicated-story-of-pope-francis-s-next-american-saint

http://stjunipero.org/4-saints-that-lived-ordinary-lives.html

http://stjunipero.org/5-famous-north-american-saints.html

Kris Girrell (TEDxNatick)

“How We’ve Been Misled by ‘Emotional Intelligence'”
Kris Girrell
TEDxNatick
Mar 7, 2106

Knowing how to respond to others’ emotional states is the essence of Emotional Intelligence. But how do we actually learn it? Executive leadership coach Kris Girrell suggests that sometimes the path to becoming intimately aware of our emotions may be a little bumpier than we bargained for, but in the end, results in stronger relationships. Kris is an executive leadership coach, co-owner of the Goddard Preschool in Reading, and author of A Married Man’s Survival Guide. Kris believes that emotional intelligence plays a fundamental role in successful leadership. Kris is a co-organizer of Operation ELF (Everybody Loves Families) which spreads the holiday spirit to hundreds of underprivileged children in Framingham each December.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Night_of_the_Soul

“Let Us Pretend”

“Let Us Pretend”
December 27, 2015 / September 4, 2016
http://www.ttbook.org/book/let-us-pretend

When evangelical Christians say they talk to God, what do they mean?
Anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann wanted to find out, so she spent two years as a participant observer in a Charismatic church, talking to the congregation and even praying herself.
She says prayer involves cultivating the imagination. Luhrmann also describes her cross-cultural study of schizophrenics who hear voices.

Charles Monroe-Kane

Did God Talk to Me?
December 27, 2015 / September 4, 2016
http://www.ttbook.org/book/did-god-talk-me

TTBOOK producer and interviewer Charles Monroe-Kane started hearing voices when he was a child. He became a child preacher once he thought God was talking to him. Years later Charles realized those voices were the product of mental illness, though he says there was something “beautiful” about hearing those voices.