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Testing the big gods hypothesis with global historical data: a review and ‘retake’

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This ‘Retake’ article presents a corrected and extended version of a Letter published in Nature (Whitehouse et al., 2019) which set out to test the Big Gods hypothesis proposing that beliefs in moralizing punitive deities drove the evolution of sociopolitical complexity in world history. The Letter was retracted by the authors in response to a critique by Beheim et al. (2021). Correction of errors in the coding and analysis of missing data to address this critique does not significantly chang...

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Published
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Peer reviewed

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10.1080/2153599X.2022.2074085

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
SAME
Oxford college:
Magdalen College
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Author
ORCID:
0000-0001-6935-6724
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Author
ORCID:
0000-0002-1590-0509
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Author
ORCID:
0000-0001-6996-7496
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Name:
Economic and Social Research Council
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ES/I005455/1
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Name:
European Commission
Grant:
694986
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Journal:
Religion, Brain and Behavior More from this journal
Volume:
13
Issue:
2
Pages:
124-166
Publication date:
2022-06-29
Acceptance date:
2022-04-29
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EISSN:
2153-5981
ISSN:
2153-599X
Language:
English
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Pubs id:
1256245
Local pid:
pubs:1256245
Deposit date:
2022-05-05

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