The Big Gods model focuses on belief in an authoritarian God as a psychological mechanism that inhibits antisocial behavior and facilitates the formation of tight cohesive groups. Recent empirical evidence suggests however that belief in a benevolent God is more likely to inspire helping and inclusivity. Both kinds of beliefs are necessary to explain the development of large-scale societies.
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- Behavioral Neuroscience
- Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
- Language and Linguistics
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