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    The Minds of Gods: A Comparative Study of Supernatural Agency.Benjamin Grant Purzycki - 2013 - Cognition 129 (1):163-179.
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  2. What Does God Know? Supernatural Agents' Access to Socially Strategic and Non-Strategic Information.Benjamin G. Purzycki, Daniel N. Finkel, John Shaver, Nathan Wales, Adam B. Cohen & Richard Sosis - 2012 - Cognitive Science 36 (5):846-869.
    Current evolutionary and cognitive theories of religion posit that supernatural agent concepts emerge from cognitive systems such as theory of mind and social cognition. Some argue that these concepts evolved to maintain social order by minimizing antisocial behavior. If these theories are correct, then people should process information about supernatural agents’ socially strategic knowledge more quickly than non-strategic knowledge. Furthermore, agents’ knowledge of immoral and uncooperative social behaviors should be especially accessible to people. To examine these hypotheses, we measured response-times (...)
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    Identity Fusion, Outgroup Relations, and Sacrifice: A Cross-Cultural Test.Benjamin Grant Purzycki & Martin Lang - 2019 - Cognition 186:1-6.
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    Shamanism and Efficacious Exceptionalism.Aaron D. Blackwell & Benjamin Grant Purzycki - 2018 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 41.
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    Form and Function in Religious Signaling Under Pathogen Stress.Paul Swartwout, Benjamin Grant Purzycki & Richard Sosis - 2012 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 35 (2):92-93.
    The evolution of religious traditions may be partially explained by out-group avoidance due to pathogen stress. However, many religious rituals may increase rather than decrease performers' susceptibility to infection. Moreover, religions often spread through proselytizing, which requires out-group interaction; and in other cases, the benefits of economic exchange increase religious pluralism and social interactions with out-groups.
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