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

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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