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Atheism is only skin deep: Geertz and Markússon rely mistakenly on sociodemographic data as meaningful indicators of underlying cognition

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Cognitive scientists of religion and evolutionary theorists alike have been increasingly arguing in recent years that religion is "natural" in the sense of being motivated by core, evolved psychological intuitions. Atheism, and irreligion more generally, appear to pose problems for the naturalness hypothesis, especially considering the significant proportion of people in contemporary societies who reject supernatural beliefs. Although Geertz and Markússon clarify why the naturalness hypothesi...

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Institution:
Queen's University, Belfast
Department:
Institute of Cognition and Culture
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Author
Publisher:
Elsevier Publisher's website
Journal:
Religion Journal website
Volume:
40
Issue:
3
Pages:
166-168
Publication date:
2010-07-05
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0048-721X
URN:
uuid:cd84e0f3-947a-4966-92c5-020b618853ec
Local pid:
ora:4526
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English
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