Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Belief in God and in strong government as accidental cognitive by-products

Peter Kramera1 and Paola Bressana1

a1 Dipartimento di Psicologia Generale, Università di Padova, 35131 Padova, Italy.


Von Hippel & Trivers (VH&T) interpret belief in God and belief in strong government as the outcome of an active process of self-deception on a worldwide scale. We propose, instead, that these beliefs might simply be a passive spin-off of efficient cognitive processes.