Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion, Vol 2, No 1 (2014)

Pro- and Assortative-sociality in the Formation and Maintenance of Religious Groups

Luther H. Martin, Donald Wiebe
Issued Date: 10 Nov 2014

Abstract


Studies of evolved mechanisms and strategies supporting religious prosociality dominate the experimental agendas of cognitive scientists of religion while neglecting religion's antisocial, assortative consequences. We question, first of all, the assumed correlation between religion and prosociality; second the hypothesis that religious prosociality plays a role in the formation of large-scale societies, as advanced by some; the neglect of the historical record in experimental design and in the assessment of experimental results; and finally, suggest that funding sources more friendly to a positive view of religions explains the research bias supporting religious prosociality.

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