From NPR: A forthcoming series of studies in the journal Psychological Science explores people’s beliefs about which mental phenomena can and cannot be explained by science.
“Importantly, these findings don’t tell us about what science can and can’t explain. They tell us about people’s beliefs about what science can and can’t explain. But the implications are pretty intriguing. People don’t seem to regard the complexity of a natural phenomenon as a critical barrier to scientific progress. Instead, those phenomena that involve the unique characteristics of the reflective mind — such as introspection and conscious will — are the ones that are taken to present a real obstacle for science. And those that contribute to making us exceptional — more than a ‘mere’ animal among many — seem to place us further beyond what science can explain.”