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Secularists and Rationality

By Matthew Yglesias

"Secularists and Rationality"

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Via Ross Douthat, it seems that secular people are more likely to hold non-religious paranormal beliefs than are traditional Christians. This is presented as a counterintuitive finding through the technique of demonstrating that it runs to something Bill Maher said, but to me it’s pretty commonsensical.

It’d be interesting to get a richer sociological perspective and compare secular people who were raised in religious families (seculars by choice) to secular people raised in secular families (default secularists) and see if the choosers are less superstitious than the defaulters.

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