Complex societies precede moralizing gods throughout world history

Nature Vol/Iss. 567(7748) Springer Nature Publishing AG Published In Pages: 226-229
By Whitehouse, Harvey, François, Pieter, Savage, Patrick E., Curie, Thomas E., Feeney, Kevin C., Cioni, Enrico, Purcell, Rosalind, Moss, Robert M., Larson, Jennifer, Baines, John, ter Haar, Barend, Covey, Alan, Turchin, Peter


Contrary to the Moral Gods Hypothesis, complex societies precede broad supernatural punishment of moral transgressions (227).


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Paired t-testSupportedUNKNOWNUNKNOWNTwo-tailed