Are we hard-wired to believe we’re IMMORTAL? Belief that we are eternal is part of human nature and develops during childhood

in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Daily Mail, Deborah Kelemen, Natalie Emmons, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU
January 30th, 2014

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

People across the world, regardless of their religion or culture, believe that humans are immortal, according to research. A new study has shed some light on people’s beliefs that a person’s soul or essence transcends the physical body’s death…

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 –

“Even kids who had biological knowledge about reproduction still seemed to think that they had existed in some sort of eternal form and that form really seemed to be about emotions and desires.”

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