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    Misailidi, Plousia and Kornilaki, Ekaterina N. 2015. Development of Afterlife Beliefs in Childhood: Relationship to Parent Beliefs and Testimony. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, Vol. 61, Issue. 2, p. 290.


Natural selection and religiosity: Validity issues in the empirical examination of afterlife cognitions

  • Brian M. Hughes (a1)
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  • Published online: 01 October 2006

Bering's target article proposes that the tendency to believe in an afterlife emerged (in evolutionary history) in response to selective pressures unique to human societies. However, the empirical evidence presented fails to account for the broader social context that impinges upon researcher–participant interactions, and so fails to displace the more parsimonious explanation that it is childhood credulity that underlies the acquisition of afterlife beliefs through cultural exposure.

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • ISSN: 0140-525X
  • EISSN: 1469-1825
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