Category: Natalie Emmons

Intuitions of Our Immortality: Visions of Life Before Conception

Pacific Standard Deborah Kelemen, College of Arts & Sciences Natalie Emmons, College of Arts & Sciences We’ve all ruminated about the possibility of life after death. But what about the notion of life before birth—or even conception?… Expert quote: Emmons — “Even kids who had biological knowledge about reproduction still seemed to think that they […]

Human Belief in Soul is ‘Innate’, Say Scientists

International Business Times (UK) Deborah Kelemen, College of Arts & Sciences Natalie Emmons, College of Arts & Sciences We are born with a predisposition to believe in an immortal soul, according to a recent scientific study… Expert quotes: Kelemen — “This work shows that it’s possible for science to study religious belief. At the same […]

Prelife reasoning: our belief in immortality starts young

Boston.com “Science in Mind Blog” 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 have from early in life? Expert quote: “They’d say, ‘I wish, I desired to be born,’ or ‘I knew that I […]

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… Expert quote: “Even kids who had biological knowledge about reproduction still seemed to think that they had […]

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 […]