Costly Signaling and the Origin of Religion

  title={Costly Signaling and the Origin of Religion},
  author={Michael J. Murray and Lyn E. Moore},
Costly signaling theories of religion contend that religious belief and behaviors function as costly signals of cooperative intent. Such signals are evolvable because they allow likely cooperators to find one another, while excluding potential cheats or free riders that would be unwilling (or unable) to pay the price associated with sending the signal. As a result, under the right conditions, religious costly signaling can emerge as an evolutionary stable strategy. However, reliability… CONTINUE READING