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Self-control, cultural animals, and Big Gods

  • Tania Reynolds (a1) and Roy F. Baumeister (a1)

As Norenzayan et al. cogently argue, religions that proliferated most successfully did so because they facilitated prosociality and cooperation in large-scale, anonymous groups. One important way that religion promotes cooperation may be through improving self-control. In this comment, we cover some potential obstacles to implementing self-control and how religion can overcome them.

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