Beliefs in afterlife as a by-product of persistence judgments

George E. Newman*, Sergey V. Blok, Lance Rips

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Abstract

We agree that supernatural beliefs are pervasive. However, we propose a more general account rooted in how people trace ordinary objects over time. Tracking identity involves attending to the causal history of an object, a process that may implicate hidden mechanisms. We discuss experiments in which participants exhibit the same "supernatural" beliefs when reasoning about the fates of cups and automobiles as those exhibited by Bering's participants when reasoning about spirits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)480-481
Number of pages2
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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