Do you feel immortal? Chances are you did when you were born

in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Deborah Kelemen, Natalie Emmons, Newsmakers
January 28th, 2014

Wired UK
Deborah Kelemen, College of Arts & Sciences
Natalie Emmons, College of Arts & Sciences

According to a recent study led by Natalie Emmons of Boston University, the tendency to reason in terms of an eternal mind “is a universal cognitive default”,¬†regardless of race, religion or culture. In other words, we all come into this life believing we’re¬†immortal, with a large proportion of us never truly shaking the belief off…

Expert quotes:

Kelemen

“This work shows that it’s possible for science to study religious belief.”

Emmons

“Our bias towards a belief of some kind of existence prior to material embodiment emerges naturally in early life.”

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