Coerced coordination, not cooperation

Montserrat Soler, Hillary Lenfesty

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2 Scopus citations


Norenzayan et al. propose that Big God (BG) religions are largegroup cooperative enterprises that promote internal harmony and higher fertility resulting in "mutually beneficial exchanges" for those involved. We examine the possible distributions of costs and benefits within BG religions and propose that they are instead successful coordinating mechanisms that rely on intragroup competition and exploitation between the classes and sexes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e24
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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