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Let us be careful with the evidence on mentalizing, cognitive biases, and religious beliefs

  • Marjaana Lindeman (a1) and Annika M. Svedholm-Häkkinen (a1)

Norenzayan et al.’s theoretical synthesis is highly plausible and commendable. However, the empirical evidence for the arguments on mentalizing, cognitive biases, and religious belief is currently not as strong as the writers suggest. Although certainly abundant and compelling, this evidence is indirect, contradictory, and weak and must be acknowledged as such. More direct studies are needed to support the theory.

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