What we believed as children about the soul and the afterlife shapes what we believe as adults – regardless of what we say we believe now….
“My starting point was, assuming that people have these automatic – that is, implicit or ingrained – beliefs about the soul and afterlife, how can we measure those implicit beliefs?,”…subjects’ implicit beliefs about the soul and the afterlife were close to what they remembered as their childhood beliefs. But those implicit beliefs were often very different from their explicit beliefs – what they said they believed now.
….complared implicit belief by religious affiliation, including believers and non-believers, and found no difference between them. “That suggests that implicit beliefs are equally strong among religious and non-religious people,”
…researchers asked people to sign a contract selling their souls to the experimenter for $2. “Almost nobody signed, even though the researchers told them it wasn’t actually a contract and would be shredded right away,”