Belief in immortality hard-wired? Study examines development of children’s ‘prelife’ reasoning

in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Deborah Kelemen, Natalie Emmons, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Science Daily
January 28th, 2014

Science Daily
Deborah Kelemen, College of Arts & Sciences
Natalie Emmons, College of Arts & Sciences

By examining children’s ideas about “prelife,” the time before conception, researchers found results which suggest that our bias toward immortality is a part of human intuition that naturally emerges early in life…

Expert quotes:

Kelemen –

“This work shows that it’s possible for science to study religious belief. At the same time, it helps us understand some universal aspects of human cognition and the structure of the mind.”

Emmons –

“By focusing on prelife, we could see if culture causes these beliefs to appear, or if they appear spontaneously.”

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