Explaining the success of karmic religions

Claire White, Paulo Sousa, Karolina Prochownick

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Abstract

One of the central claims of Norenzayan et al.’s article is that supernatural monitoring and intergroup competition have facilitated the rise of large-scale prosocial religions. Although the authors outline in detail how social instincts that govern supernatural monitoring are honed by cultural evolution and have given rise to Big Gods, they do not provide a clear explanation for the success of karmic religions. Therefore, to test the real scope of their model, Norenzayan et al. need to seriously engage with questions concerning the evolution of karmic prosocial religions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-43
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Volume39
Early online date07 Mar 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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White, Claire ; Sousa, Paulo ; Prochownick, Karolina. / Explaining the success of karmic religions. In: Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 2016 ; Vol. 39. pp. 42-43.
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Explaining the success of karmic religions. / White, Claire; Sousa, Paulo; Prochownick, Karolina.

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