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evolution of religion
is religiosity an operant?
Reading the article "Why do we believe in god?" in the British newspaper "Guardian" it occurred to me that religiosity may best be explained by operant behavior. Actually, as a by-product of selection for operant behavio...[more]
evolution of religion   operant   
Posted on Wednesday 23 November 2005 - 09:31:36

more on religion
In my recent post "Is religiosity an operant?", I laid out some quick thoughts on the psychological foundations for being religious. In an essay for the National Review Online, John Derbyshire puts the topic into a conte...[more]
evolution of religion   operant   
Posted on Thursday 15 December 2005 - 09:36:24

Why religiosity evolved
A recent podcast by the German radio station Deutschlandfunk on the new science of geomythology reminded me of how important and adaptive religion must have been for early humans (related article in The Guardian). Geomyt...[more]
evolution of religion   geomythology   operant   
Posted on Friday 04 January 2008 - 09:48:16

Why people believe weird things? Lack of control.
ResearchBlogging.orgI've been blogging on the evolution of religion before. Initially, I just thought operant behavior would seem like a good explanation for religion: the argument tied together the observation that (1) religious people are...[more]
evolution of religion   researchblogging   operant   
Posted on Monday 20 October 2008 - 18:50:10

Evolutionary origins of religion: weak relation to morality
This post was chosen as an Editor's Selection for ResearchBlogging.orgIt is a long-standing argument among religious believers that religiosity were necessary for morality. In a recent Trends in Cognitive Sciences article (requires subscription), Pyysiäinen and Hauser argue that morality c...[more]
evolution of religion   religion   evolution   morality   Hauser   
Posted on Tuesday 09 February 2010 - 11:20:05

Biology and religion
I've posted on religion before and how I have the suspicion that religion developed as an operant. Which basically means that it's there to give us a feeling of control over circumstances over which we don't have any con...[more]
biology   evolution of religion   
Posted on Thursday 01 June 2006 - 20:20:18

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