Cultural adaptation and evolved, general-purpose cognitive mechanisms are sufficient to explain belief in souls

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 29 (5):479-480 (2006)
It is suggested that general-purpose cognitive modules are the proper endophenotypes on which evolution has operated, not special purpose belief modules. These general-purpose modules operate to extract adaptive cultural patterns. Belief in souls may be adaptive and based in evolved systems without requiring that a specific cognitive system has evolved to support just such beliefs.
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DOI 10.1017/S0140525X06419105
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