Are we hardwired to believe we’re immortal?

in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Deborah Kelemen, Feature, Futurity News, Natalie Emmons, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU
January 29th, 2014

Futurity News
Deborah Kelemen, College of Arts & Sciences
Natalie Emmons, College of Arts & Sciences

Most people, regardless of race, religion, or culture, believe they are immortal. That is, people believe that part of themselves—some indelible core, soul, or essence—will live forever…

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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