Big gods came after the rise of civilisations, not before, finds study using huge historical database
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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
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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?
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.
What is theology? Theology is the study of religion.
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The vaunted human capacity for reason may have more to do with winning arguments than with thinking straight.
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Prehistoric Hunter-Gatherer Societies
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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
Complex societies evolved without belief in all-powerful deity : Nature News & Comment
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Captain James Cook witnessed human sacrifice in Taihiti during his visit around 1773. 1815 edition of Cook's 'Voyages'/Wikimedia Commons
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Other studies and emphases
An A.I. system may need to take charge in order to achieve the goals we gave it.
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The Research Institution of Confucianism in China. (kanegen/flickr)
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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Partial skeleton remains from an ancient burial site
Role of Christianity in civilization
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A new, more complex society is born
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Will religion ever disappear?
Feeding the gods: Hundreds of skulls reveal massive scale of human sacrifice in Aztec capital
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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 ...