Humans Are Naturally Inclined to Believe We’re Immortal

Smithsonian
Natalie Emmons, College of Arts & Sciences

According to Roman Catholicism, existence begins at conception. But that’s far from a universal idea. Some indigenous cultures in the Amazon Basin, for example, don’t have a cultural take on life before birth…

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“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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