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Beliefs about God, the afterlife and morality support the role of supernatural policing in human cooperation

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Reputation monitoring and the punishment of cheats are thought to be crucial to the viability and maintenance of human cooperation in large groups of non-kin. However, since the cost of policing moral norms must fall to those in the group, policing is itself a public good subject to exploitation by free riders. Recently, it has been suggested that belief in supernatural monitoring and punishment may discourage individuals from violating established moral norms and so facilitate human cooperat...

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"University of Oxford", "University of Auckland"
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Department of Psychology
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University of Oxford
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SSD
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SAME
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Social & Cultural Anthropology
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Elsevier Publisher's website
Journal:
Evolution and Human Behavior Journal website
Volume:
32
Issue:
1
Pages:
41-49
Publication date:
2011-01-01
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ISSN:
1090-5138
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English
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2010-12-15

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