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The evolution of doctrinal religions: Using semantic network analysis and computational models to examine the evolutionary dynamics of large religions

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How do large scale religions achieve social cohesion among their members? The divergent modes of religiosity (DMR) theory suggests that imagistic religions rely on rare and emotionally intense rituals to foster fusion by means of reflection (e.g. tribal initiations in small tribal religions), while doctrinal religions achieve cohesion, in the form of social identification, through the performance of frequent low arousal rituals (e.g. daily or weekly rituals in Judeo-Christian religions). E...

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Institute for Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford, St. Peter's College

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Institute for Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford
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University of Bath, Department of Computing
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Institute for Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford
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37624
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DPhil
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Doctoral
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University of Oxford

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