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The Human Function Compunction: Teleological explanation in adults
Research has found that children possess a broad bias in favor of teleological--or purpose-based--explanations of natural phenomena. The current two experiments explored whether adults implicitlyExpand
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Are Children “Intuitive Theists”?
Separate bodies of research suggest that young children have a broad tendency to reason about natural phenomena in terms of purpose and an orientation toward intention-based accounts of the originsExpand
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Professional physical scientists display tenacious teleological tendencies: purpose-based reasoning as a cognitive default.
Teleological explanations account for objects and events by reference to a functional consequence or purpose. Although they are popular in religion, they are unpopular in science: Physical scientistsExpand
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British and American children's preferences for teleo-functional explanations of the natural world
Teleological-functional explanations account for objects by reference to their purpose. They are a fundamental aspect of adults' explanatory repertoire. They also play a significant role inExpand
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Preschool children's views on emotion regulation: Functional associations and implications for social-emotional adjustment
Previous studies show that preschool children view negative emotions as susceptible to intentional control. However, the extent of this understanding and links with child social-emotional adjustmentExpand
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Tainting the soul: Purity concerns predict moral judgments of suicide
Moral violations are typically defined as actions that harm others. However, suicide is considered immoral even though the perpetrator is also the victim. To determine whether concerns about purityExpand
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Inferring Design
Unlike educated adults, young children demonstrate a “promiscuous” tendency to explain objects and phenomena by reference to functions, endorsing what are called teleological explanations. ThisExpand
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The divided mind of a disbeliever: Intuitive beliefs about nature as purposefully created among different groups of non-religious adults
Do non-religious adults - despite their explicit disavowal of religious beliefs - have a tacit tendency to view nature as purposefully created by some being? This question was explored in threeExpand
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Young children's acceptance of within-species variation: Implications for essentialism and teaching evolution.
Neglecting within-species variation plays a crucial role in students' misconceptions about adaptation by natural selection. Prior research on the development of this propensity suggests that thisExpand
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Why things happen: teleological explanation in parent-child conversations.
Research indicates that young children, unlike adults, have a generalized tendency to view not only artifacts but also living and nonliving natural phenomena as existing for a purpose. To furtherExpand
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