Inclusive fitness theory for the evolution of religion

@article{Crespi2014InclusiveFT,
  title={Inclusive fitness theory for the evolution of religion},
  author={B. Crespi and K. Summers},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2014},
  volume={92},
  pages={313-323}
}
We describe and evaluate an integrative hypothesis for the origin and evolution of human religious cognition and behaviour, based on maximization of inclusive fitness. By this hypothesis, the concept of God is represented by one's circle of kin and social salience, such that serving God and serving this circle become synonymous. The theory is supported by data from anthropology, evolutionary theory, psychology, neuroscience, psychiatry, endocrinology and genetics. It is largely compatible with… Expand
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