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  1. The Roots of Racial Categorization.Ben Phillips - forthcoming - Review of Philosophy and Psychology:1-25.
    I examine the origins of ordinary racial thinking. In doing so, I argue against the thesis that it is the byproduct of a unique module (e.g. a folk-biology module). Instead, I defend a pluralistic thesis according to which different forms of racial thinking are driven by distinct mechanisms, each with their own etiology. I begin with the belief that visible features are diagnostic of race. I argue that the mechanisms responsible for face recognition have an important, albeit delimited, role to (...)
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  • What is Seen and What is Not Seen in the Economy: An Effect of Our Evolved Psychology.Pascal Boyer & Michael Bang Petersen - 2018 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 41.
    Specific features of our evolved cognitive architecture explain why some aspects of the economy are “seen” and others are “not seen.” Drawing from the commentaries of economists, psychologists, and other social scientists on our original proposal, we propose a more precise model of the acquisition and spread of folk-beliefs about the economy. In particular, we try to provide a clearer delimitation of the field of folk-economic beliefs and to dispel possible misunderstandings of the role of variation in evolutionary psychology. We (...)
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  • The Cognitive Naturalness of Witchcraft Beliefs: An Exploration of the Existing Literature.Nora Parren - 2017 - Journal of Cognition and Culture 17 (5):396-418.
    Cross-culturally, misfortune is often attributed to witchcraft despite the high human and social costs of these beliefs. The evolved cognitive features that are often used to explain religion more broadly, in combination with threat perception and coalitional psychology, may help explain why these particular supernatural beliefs are so prevalent. Witches are minimally counter intuitive, agentic, and build upon intuitive understandings of ritual efficacy. Witchcraft beliefs may gain traction in threatening contexts and because they are threatening themselves, while simultaneously activating coalitional (...)
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  • What War Narratives Tell About the Psychology and Coalitional Dynamics of Ethnic Violence.Michael Moncrieff & Pierre Lienard - 2019 - Journal of Cognition and Culture 19 (1-2):1-38.
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