Evidence for early dualism and a more direct path to afterlife beliefs

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 29 (5):470-+ (2006)
Ample evidence for dualism in early childhood already exists. Young children have explicit knowledge of the distinction between mental and physical phenomena, which provides the foundation for a rapidly developing theory of mind. Belief in psychological immortality might then follow naturally from this mentalistic conception of human existence and thus require no organized cognitive system dedicated to producing it
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