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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.


No evidence of a specific adaptation

  • Ilkka Pyysiäinen (a1)
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  • Published online: 01 October 2006

Bering's findings about the mental representation of dead agents are important, although his opposition between “endemic” and “cultural” concepts is misleading. Endemic and cultural are overlapping, not exclusive categories. It is also diffcult to see why reasoning about the dead would require a specific cognitive mechanism. Bering presents no clear evidence for the claim that the postulated mechanism is an adaptation.

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
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