Folk psychology meets folk Darwinism

Jay Hegdé, Norman A. Johnson

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The fact that beliefs in the supernatural are useful to people who hold them does not necessarily mean that these beliefs confer an evolutionary advantage to those who hold them. An evolutionary explanation for any biological phenomenon must meet rigorous criteria, but the facts in this case, even when taken at their face value, fall well short of these criteria.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)476-477
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number5
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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