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Evolutionary links between cooperation , religion , and ritual The evolution of inferentially potent displays and their implications for cultural evolution

  title={Evolutionary links between cooperation , religion , and ritual The evolution of inferentially potent displays and their implications for cultural evolution},
  author={Joseph Henrich},
This paper lays out an evolutionary theory for the cognitive foundations and cultural evolution of the extravagant displays (e.g., ritual mutilation, animal sacrifice, and martyrdom) that have so often tantalized social scientists, as well as more mundane actions that influence cultural learning and historical processes. In Part I, I use the logic of natural selection to build a theory for how and why seemingly costly displays influence the cognitive processes associated with cultural learning… 

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