Moralistic gods, supernatural punishment and the expansion of human sociality

@article{Purzycki2016MoralisticGS,
  title={Moralistic gods, supernatural punishment and the expansion of human sociality},
  author={Benjamin Grant Purzycki and Coren L. Apicella and Quentin Douglas Atkinson and Emma Cohen and Rita Anne McNamara and Aiyana K. Willard and Dimitris Xygalatas and Ara Norenzayan and Joseph Henrich},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2016},
  volume={530},
  pages={327-330}
}
Since the origins of agriculture, the scale of human cooperation and societal complexity has dramatically expanded. This fact challenges standard evolutionary explanations of prosociality because well-studied mechanisms of cooperation based on genetic relatedness, reciprocity and partner choice falter as people increasingly engage in fleeting transactions with genetically unrelated strangers in large anonymous groups. To explain this rapid expansion of prosociality, researchers have proposed… 

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