Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open peer commentary

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. [email protected] www.psy.unipd.it/~kramer [email protected] www.psy.unipd.it/~pbressan

Abstract

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.

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