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    Flannelly, Kevin J. Ellison, Christopher G. Galek, Kathleen and Silton, Nava R. 2012. Belief in Life-After-Death, Beliefs About the World, and Psychiatric Symptoms. Journal of Religion and Health, Vol. 51, Issue. 3, p. 651.


Beliefs in afterlife as a by-product of persistence judgments

  • George E. Newman (a1), Sergey V. Blok (a2) and Lance J. Rips (a3)
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  • Published online: 01 October 2006

We agree that supernatural beliefs are pervasive. However, we propose a more general account rooted in how people trace ordinary objects over time. Tracking identity involves attending to the causal history of an object, a process that may implicate hidden mechanisms. We discuss experiments in which participants exhibit the same “supernatural” beliefs when reasoning about the fates of cups and automobiles as those exhibited by Bering's participants when reasoning about spirits.

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
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