Category: Deborah Kelemen

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

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 […]

Are we hardwired to believe we’re immortal?

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 […]

Belief in immortality hard-wired? Study examines development of children’s ‘prelife’ reasoning

Science Daily Deborah Kelemen, College of Arts & Sciences Natalie Emmons, College of Arts & Sciences By examining children’s ideas about “prelife,” the time before conception, researchers found results which suggest that our bias toward immortality is a part of human intuition that naturally emerges early in life… Expert quotes: Kelemen – “This work shows […]

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 […]

A bird’s eye view of nature’s flashiest showmen

Boston Globe (subscription required) Deborah Kelemen, College of Arts & Sciences It took eight years, countless hours crouched high in the New Guinea rain-forest canopy, and new photographic techniques tested out on the turkeys that strutted into Tim Laman’s Lexington backyard to photograph all 39 species of visually stunning and flamboyant birds of paradise… View […]