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Clarity and causality needed in claims about Big Gods.

Research paper by Joseph J Watts, Joseph J Bulbulia, Russell D RD Gray, Quentin D QD Atkinson

Indexed on: 08 Mar '16Published on: 08 Mar '16Published in: The Behavioral and brain sciences



Abstract

We welcome Norenzayan et al.'s claim that the prosocial effects of beliefs in supernatural agents extend beyond Big Gods. To date, however, supporting evidence has focused on the Abrahamic Big God, making generalisations difficult. We discuss a recent study that highlights the need for clarity about the causal path by which supernatural beliefs affect the evolution of big societies.