Supernatural explanations across 114 societies are more common for natural than social phenomena

Nature Human Behavior Vol/Iss. Online only Nature Published In Pages: 1-14
By Jackson, Joshua Conrad, Dillion, Danica, Bastian, Brock, Watts, Joseph, Buckner, William, DiMaggio, Nicholas, Gray, Kurt


Social complexity is positively associated with the supernatural explanations of social phenomena.


In particular, population size, money, land transport, and technological specialization were predictors of more supernatural explanations for social phenomena.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Phylogenetically controlled two-tailed regressionSupportedp=0.01b=0.17UNKNOWN