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The Hypnotic Stag Hunt

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Evolutionary researchers argue that religion evolves to support cooperation, where it is assumed that cooperation is threatened by freeriding. I identify a distinct threat to cooperation from uncertainty. I briefly explain how the distinction between freeriding and uncertainty is relevant to both ultimate and proximate explanations of the biocultural mechanisms that express religious traits.

Affiliations: 1: FHSS Religious Studies, Victoria University P.O. Box 600. Wellington New Zealand


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