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Societal Success vs Belief in Supernatural

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Is belief in the supernatural necessary for success as a society? When we compare ourselves with other prosperous democracies using 25 measures of “success”, every 10-unit increase in belief in the supernatural is associated with a 7-unit decrease in societal success. The U.S. is both the most religious and the most dysfunctional of these societies. The correlation between societal success & lack of belief in the supernatural does NOT mean lack of belief leads to success. It does show that societal success does NOT DEPEND on belief in the supernatural. See journal article by paleontologist, Gregory Paul: http://www.epjournal.net/filestore/EP07398441_c.pdf

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Societal Success vs Belief in Supernatural

  1. 1. <ul><li>Belief in: God, Heaven, Hell, Life After Death, Bible Literal Truth </li></ul><ul><li>Regularly: Pray, Attend religious Services </li></ul><ul><li>Agnostic or Atheist </li></ul><ul><li>Homicides </li></ul><ul><li>Incarceration </li></ul><ul><li>Suicides: ages 15-24 </li></ul><ul><li>Suicides: all ages </li></ul><ul><li>Under age 5 mortality </li></ul><ul><li>Lifespan </li></ul><ul><li>Gonorrhea: ages15-19 </li></ul><ul><li>Gonorrhea: all ages </li></ul><ul><li>Syphilis: ages 15-19 </li></ul><ul><li>Syphilis: all ages </li></ul><ul><li>Abortions: ages 15-19 </li></ul><ul><li>Births: ages 15-17 </li></ul><ul><li>Fertility </li></ul><ul><li>Marriages </li></ul><ul><li>Marriage duration </li></ul><ul><li>Divorces </li></ul><ul><li>Alcohol consumption </li></ul><ul><li>Life satisfaction </li></ul><ul><li>Corruption </li></ul><ul><li>Per capita income </li></ul><ul><li>Income inequality </li></ul><ul><li>Poverty index </li></ul><ul><li>Employment levels </li></ul><ul><li>Average hours worked </li></ul><ul><li>Resource exploitation </li></ul>6.5 2.5 3.5 4.5 5.5 7.5 8.5 8.0 0.0 2.0 4.0 6.0 10.0 <ul><li>From: Gregory Paul, “The Chronic Dependence of Popular Religiosity upon Dysfunctional Psycho-sociological Condition”, Evolutionary Psychology, www.epjournal.net – 2009, 7(3): 398-441. http://www.epjournal.net/filestore/EP073984414.pdf . </li></ul><ul><li>Gregory Paul uses the more pejorative, “Religiosity”, instead of “Belief in Supernatural” or “Spirituality” </li></ul>Norway Great Britain Switzerland France Japan Italy Sweden Canada Holland Denmark Ireland Austria Germany New Zealand Spain USA Australia Healthy Dysfunctional More Secular More Spiritual/Religious Successful Societies Scale Spirituality/ Religiosity Scale <ul><li>Accept Evolution </li></ul><ul><li>International Social Survey Program (ISSP) </li></ul><ul><li>45 Countries </li></ul><ul><li>800 million people;35 questions </li></ul>ISSP: 1998 <ul><li>Gallup Poll, 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Eurobarometer, 2005 survey </li></ul>Evolution Societal Success vs. “Belief in Supernatural”* (17 countries)

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