Sunday, January 07, 2007

Fisking the Paul "Study"

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Categories : Shoddy Science, The New Atheists

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published: samedi 6 janvier 2007 22:50:36

If you’ll remember, over a year ago, we took a look at the Gregory Paul “study” that purported to show a negative correlation between societal health and religiosity. It appears that this study has become the darling of the New Atheist movement and even someone like Michael Shermer recently abandoned critical thinking in order to peddle these “results” to his readers at Scientific American.

What Shermer failed to mention is that in the next issue of the Journal of Religion and Society, social scientists Gerson Moreno-Riaño, Mark Caleb Smith, and Thomas Mach responded to Paul’s study.

Here are a few of their observations:

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