Ecological variability and religious beliefs

Adam Cohen, Douglas Kenrick, Yexin Jessica Li

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Abstract

Religious beliefs, including those about an afterlife and omniscient spiritual beings, vary across cultures. We theorize that such variations may be predictably linked to ecological variations, just as differences in mating strategies covary with resource distribution. Perhaps beliefs in a soul or afterlife are more common when resources are unpredictable, and life is brutal and short.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Volume29
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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