The Mutant Says in His Heart, “There Is No God”: the Rejection of Collective Religiosity Centred Around the Worship of Moral Gods Is Associated with High Mutational Load

  title={The Mutant Says in His Heart, “There Is No God”: the Rejection of Collective Religiosity Centred Around the Worship of Moral Gods Is Associated with High Mutational Load},
  author={Edward Croft Dutton and Guy Madison and Curtis S. Dunkel},
  journal={Evolutionary Psychological Science},
Industrialisation leads to relaxed selection and thus the accumulation of fitness-damaging genetic mutations. We argue that religion is a selected trait that would be highly sensitive to mutational load. We further argue that a specific form of religiousness was selected for in complex societies up until industrialisation based around the collective worship of moral gods. With the relaxation of selection, we predict the degeneration of this form of religion and diverse deviations from it. These… 
The Myth of the Stupid Believer: The Negative Religiousness–IQ Nexus is Not on General Intelligence (g) and is Likely a Product of the Relations Between IQ and Autism Spectrum Traits
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Jewish Group Evolutionary Strategy Is the Most Plausible Hypothesis: a Response to Nathan Cofnas’ Critical Analysis of Kevin MacDonald’s Theory of Jewish Involvement in Twentieth Century Ideological Movements
  • E. Dutton
  • Philosophy
    Evolutionary Psychological Science
  • 2018
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  • R. Rowthorn
  • Philosophy
    Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
  • 2011
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Ethnic nationalism, evolutionary psychology and Genetic Similarity Theory n
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Do Genetic Factors Influence Religious Life? Findings from a Behavior Genetic Analysis of Twin Siblings
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