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Early Humans Didnt Need Religion To Build Complex Societies Study

Early Humans Didnt Need Religion To Build Complex Societies Study


Big gods came after the rise of civilisations, not before, finds study using huge historical database

A painting of a group of people watching as a man is butchered while tied to

A new study pushes back against the hypothesis that moralizing gods were necessary to keep large societies civil

The area of each circle is proportional to social complexity of the earliest polity with moralizing gods to ...

High gods that cared about human morality were rare in Austronesia, a region that includes

Humans Built Complex Societies Before They Invented Moral Gods

Santa Claus, God and Lord Buddha: the difference between a belief and a religion

Pearce, Charles Sprague: Religion

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Hunter Gatherers

Ancient Greek religion

Why Are There No New Major Religions?

Should you raise your kids religious? Here's what the science says

Can Artificial Intelligence Predict Religious Violence?

Collapse of Complex Societies 1ed (New Studies in Archaeology) Reprint Edition

Early human faces and environments

What is religion and belief?

archaeology. Archaeology is the study of the human ...

Religion in the Ancient World

A man standing and looking off into the distance. In the background, there is

Human sacrifices

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Social complexity tends to increase more rapidly before the appearance of moralising gods, not after. This graph shows average social complexity over time ...

Are religious people really less smart, on average, than atheists?

God Teacher's Guide

This forest of Buddhist shrines remains at Myanmar's (Burma's) first capital.

The story of human evolution in Africa is undergoing a major rewrite

Atheists Are Sometimes More Religious Than Christians

Ancient Egypt is a canonical example of an early culture considered a civilization.

Africa: Human Geography

What is theology? Theology is the study of religion.

sharia united states - The complex interplay between American society and immigrants' religious beliefs has

The vaunted human capacity for reason may have more to do with winning arguments than with thinking straight.


Joseph Henrich on Cultural Evolution and WEIRD Societies (Ep. 16 — Live at Mason)

Did early humans, or even animals, invent music?

A Waste of 1,000 Research Papers

Religion: why faith is becoming more and more popular

Prehistoric Hunter-Gatherer Societies

Sartre, Jean-Paul


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Now seen as early evidence of prehistoric worship, the hilltop site was previously shunned by researchers as nothing more than a medieval cemetery.

Complex societies precede moralizing gods throughout world history - Nature

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Complex societies evolved without belief in all-powerful deity : Nature News & Comment

Neolithic Revolution

Hey, where are you going? Humans had to use collective learning ...

As the ape line evolved from our last common ancestor in more open environments, it was necessary to pressure apes, who prefer to go it alone, ...

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind — by Yuval Noah Harari

Ancient Greek Religion


Captain James Cook witnessed human sacrifice in Taihiti during his visit around 1773. 1815 edition of Cook's 'Voyages'/Wikimedia Commons

Why the Enslaved Adopted the Religion of Their Masters—and Transformed It

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Edward Burnett Tylor

Other studies and emphases

An A.I. system may need to take charge in order to achieve the goals we gave it.

U.S. Muslims Concerned About Their Place in Society, but Continue to Believe in the American Dream | Pew Research Center

The Research Institution of Confucianism in China. (kanegen/flickr)

Leonardo, Vitruvian Man

Stone Age

Oxygen isotope curve (δ18O) for the past 10 million years with major adaptions to

While much of the scientific study of religion is on theology-based doctrinal religions, the evolutionary psychologist Robin Dunbar thinks this is a narrow ...

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Why Grandmothers May Hold The Key To Human Evolution

Max Weber, 1918


Stone Age

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Belief Systems Along the Silk Road

Partial skeleton remains from an ancient burial site

Role of Christianity in civilization

Why can't the world's greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?

A new, more complex society is born

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geography. encyclopedic entry. Geography is the study ...

Will religion ever disappear?

Max Müller

Feeding the gods: Hundreds of skulls reveal massive scale of human sacrifice in Aztec capital

What To Do When Racists Try To Hijack Your Religion

Aztec Human Sacrifice

In both random and coherent behavior the collective behavior of the system is ...

Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich

Studies of eusocial invertebrates regard complex societies as those where there is a clear division of labour and extensive cooperation between breeders and ...