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The prosocial benefits of seeing purpose in life events: A case of cultural selection in action?

  • Konika Banerjee (a1)
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Norenzayan et al. propose that religious beliefs with incidental prosocial effects propagated via a long-term process of cultural evolution. Applying their model, I explore a possible candidate target of cultural selection: the teleological view – often culturally elaborated as a belief in karma or fate – that life events occur to punish or reward individuals’ moral behavior.

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
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