Ecological variability and religious beliefs

Adam Cohen, Douglas Kenrick, Yexin Jessica Li

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2 Citations (Scopus)

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)
Pages (from-to)468
Number of pages1
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Volume29
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2006

Fingerprint

Religion
resource
distribution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Psychology(all)
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology

Cite this

Ecological variability and religious beliefs. / Cohen, Adam; Kenrick, Douglas; Li, Yexin Jessica.

In: Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Vol. 29, No. 5, 12.2006, p. 468.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{96a4437a8f6143fc9006cd340091e429,
title = "Ecological variability and religious beliefs",
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.",
author = "Adam Cohen and Douglas Kenrick and Li, {Yexin Jessica}",
year = "2006",
month = "12",
doi = "10.1017/S0140525X06289106",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "29",
pages = "468",
journal = "Behavioral and Brain Sciences",
issn = "0140-525X",
publisher = "Cambridge University Press",
number = "5",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Ecological variability and religious beliefs

AU - Cohen, Adam

AU - Kenrick, Douglas

AU - Li, Yexin Jessica

PY - 2006/12

Y1 - 2006/12

N2 - 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.

AB - 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.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=33845537968&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=33845537968&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1017/S0140525X06289106

DO - 10.1017/S0140525X06289106

M3 - Article

VL - 29

SP - 468

JO - Behavioral and Brain Sciences

JF - Behavioral and Brain Sciences

SN - 0140-525X

IS - 5

ER -