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A socio-evolutionary theory of the origin of "God" is presented. Its starting point is behavioral duplexity, the fact that human beings are subject to two parallel modes of behavioral control: an older non-conscious system and a newer conscious one. The theory posits that the fabrication of, and subsequent belief in, supernatural entities ("Gods") is a predictable byproduct of the interaction of these two systems. Specifically, because human beings' profoundly social and moral faculties aredoi:10.3389/fsoc.2016.00013 fatcat:325zxwa6ofdgbemq3ravzvdhtu