Supernatural beliefs shape how people understand the world, but there is debate regarding how these beliefs relate to the natural or social world. Jackson and colleagues quantitatively analysed the ethnographic record and found evidence that supernatural explanations are more commonly used for natural than for social phenomena.
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Billet, M.I., Norenzayan, A. Global supernatural beliefs. Nat Hum Behav 7, 670–671 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-023-01568-y