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Ecological variability and religious beliefs

  • Adam B. Cohen (a1), Douglas T. Kenrick (a1) and Yexin Jessica Li (a1)

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Religious beliefs, including those about an afterlife and omniscient spiritual beings, vary across cultures. We theorize that such variations may be predictably linked to ecological variations, just as differences in mating strategies covary with resource distribution. Perhaps beliefs in a soul or afterlife are more common when resources are unpredictable, and life is brutal and short.

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