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Why Certainty of Belief Improves Health

Not all beliefs are religious, so what is it about belief that impacts health outcomes?

In my last two articles I described how religious rituals and certainty of belief are the specific aspects, sometimes derived from religion, that result in better health and well-being. Each of these relies on similar mechanisms to achieve their aims…



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Mitchell Diamond

Author of Darwin’s Apple: The Evolutionary Biology of Religion, a new take on the function and purpose of religion.