Immortality belief starts young, experts say

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Natalie Emmons, College of Arts & Sciences

Is the desire for immortality something we learn as we grow older and fear death, or a core, universal intuition that we develop early in life?

Expert quote:

“I think as part of our social reasoning, we are so motivated to infer goals and desires and emotions to social agents that we really can’t switch it off.”

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