Missing gods or data?

Using open data and code of the recent article published by Whitehouse et al. (2019) in Nature, Beheim et al. argue that the detection of beliefs in moralizing gods is crucially dependent on the presence of writing in past societies.

13 Jul 2021

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However, assuming the absence of such beliefs pre-writing is at odds with the ethnographic record that documents such beliefs in non-literate societies.  Therefore, the sole reliance on writing may bias our conclusions about such beliefs in past societies as well as the related inference on the causal role of these beliefs in increasing societal complexity.

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