The supernatural guilt trip does not take us far enough

Gjersoe, Nathalia L. and Hood, Bruce M. (2006). The supernatural guilt trip does not take us far enough. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 29(5) pp. 473–474.



Belief in souls is only one component of supernatural thinking in which individuals infer the presence of invisible mechanisms that explain events as paranormal rather than natural. We believe it is important to place greater emphasis on the prevalence of supernatural beliefs across other domains, if only to counter simplistic divisions between rationality and irrationality recently aligned with the contentious science/religion debate.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 35150
  • Item Type
  • Journal Item
  • ISSN
  • 1469-1825
  • Keywords
  • causal reasoning; death concept; evolutionary theory; existential psychology; folk biology; intelligent design; intentionality; mental representation; teleological reasoning; theory of mind
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
  • Research Group
  • Childhood and Youth
  • Copyright Holders
  • © 2006 Cambridge University Press
  • Depositing User
  • Nathalia Gjersoe