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Why Santa Claus is not a god

Abstract:

Through the lenses of cognitive science of religion, successful god concepts must possess a number of features. God concepts must be (1) counterintuitive, (2) an intentional agent, (3) possessing strategic information, (4) able to act in the human world in detectable ways and (5) capable of motivating behaviors that reinforce belief. That Santa Claus appears to be only inconsistently represented as having all five requisite features Santa has failed to develop a community of true believers an...

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Peer review status:
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10.1163/156770908X289251

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Social Sciences Division - Anthropology and Museum Ethnography,School of - Anthropology and Mind,Centre for
Publisher:
Brill Publisher's website
Journal:
Journal of Cognition and Culture Journal website
Volume:
8
Issue:
1-2
Pages:
149-161
Publication date:
2008
DOI:
EISSN:
1568-5373
ISSN:
1567-7095
URN:
uuid:efbc8932-ac22-4975-914f-f47a3e221545
Local pid:
ora:3095
Language:
English
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