I tested both the Japanese and British children on the same tasks, showing them very accurate, detailed photographs of selected natural and man-made objects and then asking them questions about the causal origins of the various natural objects at both the scientific level (e.g. how did this particular dog become a dog?) and at the metaphysical level (e.g. how did the first ever dog come into being?). With the Japanese children, it was important to establish whether they even distinguished the two levels of explanation because, as a culture, Japan discourages speculation into the metaphysical, simply because itâ€™s something we can never know, so we shouldnâ€™t attempt it. But the Japanese children did speculate, quite willingly, and in the same way as British children. On forced choice questions, consisting of three possible explanations of primary origin, they would predominantly go for the word "God," instead of either an agnostic response (e.g., "nobody knows") or an incorrect response (e.g., "by people"). This is absolutely extraordinary when you think that Japanese religion â€” Shinto â€” doesnâ€™t include creation as an aspect of Godâ€™s activity at all. So where do these children get the idea that creation is in Godâ€™s hands? Itâ€™s an example of a natural inference that they form on the basis of their own experience. My Japanese research assistants kept telling me, "We Japanese donâ€™t think about God as creator â€” itâ€™s just not part of Japanese philosophy." So it was wonderful when these children said, "Kamisama! God! God made it!" That was probably the most significant finding.
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